Steel and aluminum jobs, lifted after tariffs, now trending downward
Yearly average employment in the aluminum and steel/iron manufacturing industries, 2011–2021
The number of people employed in the steel and aluminum industries has been trending downward, but saw an uptick after President Trump imposed tariffs in 2018. Those gains were subsequently lost when the economy took a downturn due to the pandemic.
NOTE: 2021 figures represent an average of the first six months of employment data.