U.S. Steel to increase job cuts in Harris County

21 April 2015

U.S. Steel will cut more workers in Texas, the company said Monday, as the oil and gas supplier continues to scale back amid a slump in the industry.

U.S. Steel, which makes pipes used in oil and gas wells and in construction, told the Texas Workforce Commission it would start one new round of layoffs and increase the number of jobs cut in two previously announced layoffs.

The newly announced round of cuts will eliminate 200 workers from the U.S. Steel Harris County Offshore Operations facility, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.

U.S. Steel’s tubular products division said it would cut 28 more jobs from its separate Harris County operations. Those cuts bring the total number of tubular products jobs cut to 198 workers, according to two rounds of documents the company filed with the Texas Workforce Commission.

The tubular products segment also said Monday it would cut six more jobs from its Hughes Springs plant in Cass County, Texas. The total number of jobs to be cut there is now 77, the filings show.

The biggest Texas cut U.S. Steel has made remains 1,095 workers laid off in Morris County, east of Dallas and north of Houston. Those cuts were announced in January by the Workforce Commission and happened in February.

“Our ongoing operational and staff adjustments are a result of challenging market conditions and global influences in the market including a high level of imports, reduced prices for oil and natural gas and reduced steel prices,” U.S. Steel spokeswoman Sarah Cassella said in an emailed statement Monday.