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Aggregates Production Increased 6 Percent in 2015


The estimated annual output of construction aggregates produced for consumption in 2015 was 2.28 billion metric tons (Gt), an increase of 6 percent compared with that of 2014, according to Jason Willett, crushed-stone commodity specialist for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). 

"An estimated 579 million metric tons (Mt) of total construction aggregates was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2015, an increase of 8 percent compared with that of the same period of 2014," Willett said.

The estimated annual output of crushed stone produced for consumption in 2015 was 1.33 Gt, an increase of 7 percent compared with that of 2014. 2015 An estimated 343 Mt of crushed stone was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2015, an increase of 9 percent compared with that of the same period of 2014.

The estimated annual output of construction sand and gravel produced for consumption in 2015 was 945 Mt, an increase of 5 percent compared with that of 2014. The estimated U.S. output of construction sand and gravel produced and shipped for consumption in the fourth quarter of 2015 was 237 Mt, an increase of 7 percent compared with that of the same period of 2014.

Shipments of portland and blended cement increased by an estimated 4.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2015, and annual consumption increased by an estimated 3.5 percent in 2015, compared with that of the same period in 2014.

The above estimates are based on information reported to the USGS quarterly sample survey by crushed stone and construction sand and gravel producers.

The estimated total annual production for consumption of construction aggregates in 2015 increased, compared with that of 2014, in 36 of the 50 states for which estimates were made. The five leading states were, in descending order of total annual output for 2015, Texas, California, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan. Their combined total annual output was 661 Mt, an increase of about 7 percent when compared with that of 2014.

The estimated production for consumption of construction aggregates in the fourth quarter of 2015 increased in all of the geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the fourth quarter of 2014. In the fourth quarter, production for consumption of aggregates increased in 29 of the 43 states for which estimates were made.

The estimated production for consumption of crushed stone in the fourth quarter of 2015 increased in all of the geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the fourth quarter of 2014. Production for consumption of crushed stone increased in 35 of the 46 states for which estimates were made.

The five leading states in the fourth quarter of 2015 were, in descending order of production, Texas, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Ohio and Florida. Their combined total production for consumption was 115 Mt and represented 33 percent of the U.S. total.

The estimated production for consumption of construction sand and gravel in the fourth quarter of 2015 increased from fourth quarter 2014 levels in seven of the nine geographic divisions. Production for consumption of construction sand and gravel increased in 30 of the 45 states for which estimates were made.

The five leading states in the fourth quarter of 2015 were, in descending order of production, California, Texas, Michigan, Washington and Minnesota. Their combined total production for consumption was 80.0 Mt and represented 34 percent of the U.S. total.