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USGS: Aggregates Production Up 5% in 2019


The estimated annual output of construction aggregates produced for consumption in 2019 was 2.47 billion metric tons (Gt), an increase of 5% compared with that of 2018, according to Jason Willett, commodity specialist for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). 

The estimated total annual production for consumption of construction aggregates in 2019 increased, compared with that in 2018, in 33 of the 50 states for which estimates were made. 

The five leading states were, in descending order of total annual output for 2019, Texas, California, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Their combined total annual output was 740 Mt, an increase of 4% when compared with that of 2018.

An estimated 591 million metric tons (Mt) of total construction aggregates was produced and shipped for consumption in the fourth quarter of 2019, a slight decrease compared with that of the same period of 2018. 

The estimated production for consumption of construction aggregates in the fourth quarter of 2019 increased in five of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the fourth quarter of 2018. In the fourth quarter, production for consumption increased in 17 of the 39 states for which production estimates of construction aggregates were made. 

The five leading states in the fourth quarter of 2019 were, in descending order of production, Texas, California, Ohio, Florida and Missouri. Their combined total production for consumption was 179 Mt (30% of the U.S. total). 

The estimated annual output of crushed stone produced for consumption in 2019 was 1.51 Gt, an increase of 6% compared with that of 2018. An estimated 360 Mt of crushed stone was produced and shipped for consumption in the fourth quarter of 2019, a slight decrease compared with that of the same period of 2018.

The estimated production for consumption of crushed stone in the fourth quarter of 2019 increased in five of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the fourth quarter of 2018. Production for consumption increased in 23 of the 45 states for which production estimates of crushed stone were made.

The estimated annual output of construction sand and gravel produced for consumption in 2019 was 960 Mt, a slight increase compared with that of 2018. The estimated output of construction sand and gravel produced and shipped for consumption in the fourth quarter of 2019 was 230 Mt, a slight decrease compared with that of the same period of 2018.

The estimated production for consumption of construction sand and gravel in the fourth quarter of 2019 increased from fourth quarter 2018 levels in only three of the nine geographic divisions. Production for consumption increased in 19 of the 42 states for which production estimates of construction sand and gravel were made. 

Shipments of portland and blended cement increased slightly in the fourth quarter of 2019 compared with those of the fourth quarter of 2018. Annual consumption increased by 3% in 2019, compared with that of 2018. This information is obtained from the USGS monthly survey of U.S. cement producers. 

The above estimates are based on information reported to the USGS quarterly sample survey of construction aggregates producers in the United States.