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Aggregate Production Continues Slide In First Quarter


An estimated 195 million metric tons of crushed stone were produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the first quarter. This is a decrease

An estimated 195 million metric tons of crushed stone were produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the first quarter. This is a decrease of 11% compared with that of the same period in 2009. The estimated annual output produced for consumption in 2009 was 1.13 billion metric tons, a 21% decrease compared with that of 2008.

The estimated output of construction sand and gravel produced and shipped for consumption in the first quarter was 122 million metric tons, a decrease of 12% compared with Q1 in 2009. The estimated annual output produced for consumption in 2009 was 782 million metric tons, a 25% decrease compared with that of 2008.

An estimated 317 million metric tons of total construction aggregates was produced and shipped for consumption in the first quarter, a decrease of 11% compared with that of the same period in 2009. The estimated annual output produced for consumption in 2009 was 1.92 billion metric tons, a 23% decrease compared with that of 2008.

These estimates are based on information reported to the U.S. Geological Survey on its quarterly sample survey by construction aggregates producers.

The estimated Portland cement consumption decreased by 15% in the first quarter compared with that of the first quarter of 2009 and decreased by 27% for 2009 compared with 2008.

This sample survey generates production-for-consumption estimates by quarters, based on information reported voluntarily by a limited number of producing companies. In most quarters, a few companies may report amounts sold in the current quarter that vary greatly from the amounts reported in the previous year during the same quarter. This change in sales is almost never an indicator of the change in the demand in the state as a whole. The usual cause behind a large change can be attributed to the opening or closing of an operation, weather, or an external force that only the company or one of its operations experienced in that quarter.

Production-for-consumption of crushed stone decreased in 35 of the 47 states that were estimated. The five leading states, in descending order were Texas, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Florida, and Georgia. Their combined total production-for-consumption was 68.8 million metric tons and represented 35% of the U.S. total.

The estimated sand and gravel production in the first quarter decreased in 37 of the 46 states that were estimated. The five leading states, in descending order were Texas, California, Arizona, Washington, and Utah. Their combined total production-for-consumption was 46.7 million metric tons and represented 38% of the U.S. total.

The estimated aggregates production in the first quarter decreased in 36 of the 48 states that were estimated. The five leading states, in descending order of production-for-consumption, were Texas, California, Florida, Missouri, and Pennsylvania. Their combined total production-for-consumption was 105 million metric tons and represented 33% of the U.S. total.