Aggregates Production Down Slightly in Third Quarter


An estimated 656 million metric tons (Mt) of total construction aggregates was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the third quarter of 2017, a slight decrease compared with that of the third quarter of 2016, according to Jason Willett, crushed stone commodity specialist for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS.) The estimated production for consumption in the first nine months of 2017 was 1.69 billion metric tons (Gt), a slight decrease compared with that of the same period of 2016.

An estimated 387 Mt of crushed stone was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the third quarter of 2017, a slight decrease compared with that of the third quarter of 2016. The estimated production for consumption in the first nine months of 2017 was 1.01 Gt, a slight decrease compared with that of the same period of 2016.

The estimated U.S. output of construction sand and gravel produced and shipped for consumption in the third quarter of 2017 was 269 Mt, virtually unchanged compared with that of the third quarter of 2016. The estimated production for consumption in the first nine months of 2017 was 673 Mt, a slight decrease compared with that of the same period of 2016.

The estimated production for consumption of construction aggregates in the third quarter of 2017 decreased in four of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the third quarter of 2016. Production for consumption decreased in 21 of the 39 states for which estimates were made. 

The five leading states were, in descending order of production-for-consumption, Texas, California, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan. Their combined total production for consumption was 184 Mt, a decrease of 3 percent compared with that of 2016.

The estimated production for consumption of crushed stone in the third quarter of 2017 decreased in four of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the third quarter of 2016. Production for consumption decreased in 23 of the 44 states for which estimates were made. 

The five leading states were, in descending order of production for consumption, Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida and Illinois. Their combined total production for consumption was 120 Mt, a decrease of 4 percent compared with that of the same period of 2016 and represented 31 percent of the U.S. total.

The estimated production for consumption of construction sand and gravel in the third quarter of 2017 decreased in five of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the third quarter of 2016. Production for consumption decreased in 23 of the 43 States for which estimates were made. 

The five leading States were, in descending order of production for consumption, California, Minnesota, Texas, Michigan and Washington. Their combined total production for consumption was 101 Mt, a slight increase compared with that of the same period of 2016 and represented 38 percent of the U.S. total.