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Aggregates Production Rises in Second Quarter


According to USGS, an estimated 546 Mt of total construction aggregates was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the second quarter of 2012, an increase of 3.4 percent compared with that of the second quarter of 2011. The estimated production for consumption in the first 6 months of 2012 was 898 Mt, an increase of 5.6 percent compared with that of the same period of 2011.

The estimated production-for-consumption of construction aggregates in the second quarter of 2012 increased in four of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the second quarter of 2011. The largest increases in percentages were recorded in the West North Central and East North Central divisions.

Production-for-consumption increased in 28 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 169 Mt and represented 31 percent of the U.S. total.

An estimated 316 million metric tons (Mt) of crushed stone was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the second quarter of 2012, a slight increase compared with that of the second quarter of 2011. The estimated production for consumption in the first 6 months of 2012 was 532 Mt, an increase of 4.3 percent compared with that of the same period of 2011.

The estimated production-for-consumption of crushed stone in the second quarter of 2012 increased in three of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the second quarter of 2011. The increases were recorded in the East North Central, West North Central, and West South Central divisions.

Production-for-consumption increased in 24 of the 46 states that were estimated. The five leading states, in descending order of production-for-consumption, were Texas, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Ohio and Virginia. Their combined total production-for-consumption was 112 Mt and represented 36 percent of the U.S. total.

The estimated U.S. output of construction sand and gravel produced and shipped for consumption in the second quarter of 2012 was 230 Mt, an increase of 6.5 percent compared with that of the second quarter of 2011. The estimated production for consumption in the first 6 months of 2012 was 366 Mt, an increase of 7.4 percent compared with that of the same period of 2011.

The estimated production-for-consumption of construction sand and gravel in the second quarter of 2012 increased in seven of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the second quarter of 2011. The largest increases in percentages were recorded in the West North Central, New England, and East North Central divisions.

Production-for- consumption increased in 33 of the 47 states that were estimated. The five leading states, in descending order of production-for-consumption, were California, Texas, Michigan, Ohio and Minnesota. Their combined total production-for- consumption was 76.5 Mt and represented 32 percent of the U.S. total.

The estimated portland cement consumption increased by 12 percent in the second quarter of 2012 compared with that of the second quarter of 2011. The estimated consumption in the first 6 months of 2012 increased by 15 percent compared with that of the same period of 2011. This information is obtained from the USGS monthly survey of U.S. cement producers.