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Number of steel jobs falls, output increases

– Northwestern Indiana has lost a third of its steel jobs since 2000, but reports show the remaining workers are producing more raw metal than their counterparts did.

The number of metal workers in the region has fallen by 8,700 jobs, or 33 percent, since 2000. But a report by ArcelorMittal USA shows those workers are producing nearly 27 percent more tons than their predecessors.

Indiana University Northwest professor Micah Pollak tells The Times in Munster that the situation could be worse. Nationally, employment in primary metals manufacturing has fallen by 36 percent, while the number of metal manufacturing jobs in the Gary metropolitan area has risen by 3.5 percent since 2010.

U.S. mills produced 95 million tons of steel last year.

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Information from: The Times.

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