Steelworkers across the country are reeling because of China’s unchecked steel overcapacity.
More than 1,500 people have been laid off in Granite City, Ill. In Fairfield, Ala., about 1,000 people are currently out of work. There also have been tens of thousands of additional layoffs in places like Colorado, South Carolina, Oregon, and Minnesota.
All told, 13,500 Americans have been given layoff notices as a direct result of the steel imports crisis. Plants have been shut down nationwide. And in communities that depend on steel, local businesses, community organizations and others are struggling to get by.
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