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USGS Reports First Quarter Production


The estimated U.S. output of construction aggregates produced and shipped for consumption in the first quarter of 2012 was 352 Mt, an increase of 9.7 percent compared with that of the same period of 2011, according to the latest report issued by USGS Crushed Stone Commodity Specialist Jason Willett.

An estimated 216 million metric tons (Mt) of crushed stone was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the first quarter of 2012, an increase of 9.4 percent compared with that of the same period of 2011. The estimated U.S. output of construction sand and gravel produced and shipped for consumption in the first quarter of 2012 was 136 Mt, an increase of 10 percent compared with that of the same period of 2011. Estimated portland cement consumption increased by 20 percent in the first quarter of 2012 compared with that of the first quarter of 2011.

The estimated production-for-consumption of construction aggregates in the first quarter of 2012 increased in seven of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the first quarter of 2011. The largest increases in percentages were recorded in the West North Central and the New England divisions. Production-for-consumption increased in 33 of the 45 states that were estimated.

The five leading states were, in descending order of production-for-consumption, Texas, California, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Florida. Their combined total production-for-consumption was 119 Mt and increased 17 percent when compared with that of the same period of 2011.

The estimated production-for-consumption of crushed stone in the first quarter of 2012 increased in seven of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the first quarter of 2011. The largest increases were recorded in the West North Central and East North Central divisions. Production-for-consumption increased in 30 of the 46 states that were estimated.

The five leading states were, in descending order of production-for-consumption, Texas, Missouri, Pennsylvania Florida and Virginia. Their combined total production-for-consumption was 83.6 Mt and represented an increase of 26 percent compared with that in the first quarter of 2011.

The estimated production-for-consumption of construction sand and gravel in the first quarter of 2012 increased from first quarter 2011 levels in seven of the nine geographic divisions. The largest increases in percentages were recorded in the New England, West North Central and the East North Central divisions. Production-for-consumption increased in 35 of the 47 states that were estimated.

The five leading states were, in descending order of production-for-consumption, Texas, California, Arizona, Colorado and Ohio. Their combined total production-for-consumption was 48.6 Mt, an increase of 14 percent compared with that in the first quarter of 2011.