Actually the numbers are remarkable. The 677 workers are described as 3% of the companies North American workers. So US Steel in North America employs 15-20k workers. What was it 30 years ago? 100K? 150K? more? US Steel has fewer workers across the entire US today than it once employed just at the Homestead steelworks alone.
But imagine what things would be like here if steel was still the predominant industry and it literally shut down as it has globally in just the last few months. It would soon be far worse than 1982. At the end of 1982, US Steel had nearly 50 thousand workers on layoff, roughly the same size as its entire global (not just US) workforce these days.
I really can't quite get my head around what it means that there is so much talk of bailing out the auto industry these days yet there was virtually no attempt to save steel back then.