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USGS Releases Production Statistics


According to Jason Willet, crushed stone commodity specialist for USGS, an estimated 619 million metric tons (Mt) of total aggregates was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the third quarter of 2011, a very slight increase compared with that of the same period of 2010. The estimated production for consumption in the first nine months of 2011 was 1.48 billion metric tons (Gt), a slight decrease compared with that of the same period of 2010.

An estimated 348 Mt of crushed stone was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the third quarter of 2011, a slight decrease compared with that of the same period of 2010. The estimated production for consumption in the first nine months of 2011 was 857 Mt, a decrease of 3 percent compared with the first nine months of 2010.

The estimated U.S. output of construction sand and gravel produced and shipped for consumption in the third quarter of 2011 was 271 Mt, an increase of 3 percent compared with that of the same period of 2010. The estimated production for consumption in the first nine months of 2011 was 621 Mt, a slight decrease compared with that of the same period of 2010.

The above estimates are based on information reported to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) quarterly sample survey by crushed stone and construction sand and gravel producers.

The estimated portland cement consumption increased 4 percent in the third quarter of 2011 and increased slightly in the first nine months of 2011, compared with that of the same periods of 2010. This information is obtained from the USGS monthly survey of U.S. cement producers.

The estimated production-for-consumption of aggregates in the third quarter of 2011 increased in five of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the third quarter of 2010. The largest increases in percentages were recorded in the Pacific (6 percent) and the West North Central (6 percent) divisions.

Production-for-consumption of aggregates increased in 23 of the 45 states that were estimated. The five leading states, in descending order of production-for-consumption, were Texas, California, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Missouri. Their combined total production-for-consumption was 180 Mt and represented 29 percent of the U.S. total.

The estimated production-for-consumption of crushed stone in the third quarter of 2011 increased in four geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the third quarter of 2010. The largest increases were recorded in the Mountain (6 percent), Pacific (3 percent), and the Middle Atlantic (3 percent) divisions.

Production-for-consumption of crushed stone decreased in 25 of the 46 states that were estimated. The five leading states, in descending order of production-for-consumption, were Texas, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Illinois and Ohio. Their combined total production-for-consumption was 118 Mt and represented 34 percent of the U.S. total.

The estimated production-for-consumption of construction sand and gravel in the third quarter of 2011 increased from the third quarter 2010 levels in seven of the nine geographic divisions. The largest increases in percentages were recorded in the East South Central (11 percent) and the Pacific (8 percent) divisions.

Production-for-consumption of construction sand and gravel increased in 25 of the 47 states that were estimated. The five leading states, in descending order of production-for-consumption, were California, Texas, Michigan, Minnesota and Utah. Their combined total production-for-consumption was 92 Mt and represented 34 percent of the U.S. total.