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USGS: Aggregates Production Rises 3% in First Quarter


The estimated U.S. output of construction aggregates produced and shipped for consumption in the first quarter of 2020 was 464 million metric tons (Mt), an increase of 3% compared with that of the same period of 2019.

The estimated production-for-consumption of construction aggregates in the first quarter of 2020 increased in six of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the first quarter of 2019. Production-for-consumption increased in 31 of the 41 states that were estimated. 

The five leading states were, in descending order of production-for-consumption, Texas, California, Florida, Arizona and Pennsylvania. Their combined total production-for-consumption was 155 Mt and increased by 5% when compared with that of the same period of 2019. 

An estimated 291 Mt of crushed stone was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the first quarter of 2020, a slight increase compared with that of the same period of 2019.

The estimated production-for-consumption of crushed stone in the first quarter of 2020 increased in six of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the first quarter of 2019. Production-for-consumption increased in 32 of the 45 states for which estimates were made. 

The five leading states were, in descending order of production-for-consumption, Texas, Florida, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Georgia. Their combined total production-for-consumption was 103 Mt and decreased slightly when compared with that of the same period of 2019.

The estimated U.S. output of construction sand and gravel produced and shipped for consumption in the first quarter of 2020 was 173 Mt, an increase of 6% compared with that of the same period of 2019.

The estimated production-for-consumption of construction sand and gravel in the first quarter of 2020 increased from that of first quarter 2019 in seven of the nine geographic divisions. Production-for-consumption increased in 29 of the 45 states for which estimates were made. 

The five leading states were, in descending order of production-for-consumption, Texas, California, Arizona, Washington and Florida. Their combined total production-for-consumption was 69.6 Mt and increased by 3% when compared with that of the same period of 2019.

The above estimates are based on information reported to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) on its quarterly sample survey by construction aggregates producers.

Shipments of portland and blended cement increased by 8% in the first quarter of 2020 compared with that in the first quarter of 2019. This information was obtained from the USGS monthly survey of U.S. cement producers.