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Steel Industry Workers
Strong foreign competition, an increase in imported steel, decreases in domestic manufacturing, and overproduction of steel on the world market has negatively affected the U.S. steel industry and its workers. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that employment in the steel industry will decline by 13 percent through 2018. Opportunities will be slightly better for workers employed at electronic arc furnace mills, which are more cost-effective than traditional steel mills.