After the Mill Shut Down

How Bethlehem Steel helps laid-off workers find new careers

The rapid decline of the once mighty American steel industry has made messes out of thousands of lives. Workers who have lost their jobs must often cope not only with disruption and financial strain but also with intense emotional turmoil. One steelworker spent nine days in bed after being laid off. Some berate spouses, drink destructively, abuse children or even try to kill themselves. Wives sometimes become hysterical. One unemployed steelworker's family sought counseling because its child had stopped speaking.

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