To further drive the point home, consider the number of American workers in the steel industry, and how many employees are in industries that use steel. Don't know? Thirty-eight times more workers use steel than work in the steel production.
For every job in Tupelo producing steel or aluminum, there are 200 jobs in industries that consume them that could be put at risk as tariffs push up the prices of these metals, according to research from Jacob Whiton and Mark Muro of the Brookings Institution. This is true across the country (see maps). The lesson the White House has yet to figure out is that the tariffs meant to protect the businesses that make these metals will end up hamstringing the industries that rely on them.
Steel is a vital commodity in this economy. Does it really make sense to force higher prices on steel-consumer industries to "protect" a few jobs in the steel-production industry? Economically-speaking, the tradeoff is not worth it.