U.S. Steel to Layoff 677 Workers

United States Steel Corp. says it is laying off 677 workers in the United States and Canada because of lower demand for steel amid the economic downturn.

The layoffs, effective immediately, include 500 employees in the United States and 177 in Canada, said John Armstrong. They affect workers at U.S. Steel's facilities in the Pittsburgh area; northwest Indiana; Fairfield, Ala.; Ecorse and River Rouge, Michigan., and Granite City, Ill. In Canada, the company is laying off workers at its Hamilton and Erie plants.

Armstrong declined to provide details about the number of workers being laid off at each facility.

Company officials say the dramatic downturn in the economy has negatively affected U.S. Steel's overall business.

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