The crisis facing the British steel industry after Tata announced it is to sell its loss-making UK plants has prompted a huge political row.
Thousands of jobs are under-threat and the Tory Government is facing pressure from Labour to act - with even Conservative backbenchers suggesting re-nationalisation should be considered.
But with the Port Talbot steelworks in south Wales, Britain's biggest, losing £1 million a day critics suggest the industry cannot be propped up in an era of cheap foreign imports.
So could another once vital British industry be on the brink of collapse? The data makes for grim reading.
The Huffington Post UK analysed Office for National Statistics figures that show how steel and other heavy industries have haemorrhaged jobs since comparable records began in 1978 - a span that has included Tory, Labour and coalition governments have been in charge.
Meanwhile, two in particular have boomed in the same period.
- 1. Textiles: 350,000 Jobs LostBloomberg via Getty Images
- 2. Car Manufacturing: 330,000 Jobs LostOwen Humphreys/PA Archive
- 3. Steel Making: 315,000 Jobs LostJohn Giles/PA Wire
- 4. Coal Mining: 158,000 Jobs LostPOOL New / Reuters
- 5. Farming: 142,000 Jobs LostAndrew Parsons/PA Archive
- 6. Ship, Train And Plane Manufacturing: 138,000 Jobs LostOwen Humphreys/PA Archive
- 7. Tin Mining: 52,000 Jobs LostBloomberg via Getty Images
- 8. Fishing: 9,000 Jobs LostDavid Cheskin/PA Archive
- 1. Retail: 860,000 Jobs CreatedSang Tan/AP
- 2. Food And Drink: 809,000 Jobs CreatedASSOCIATED PRESS