Sand and Gravel Production Down in First Quarter

The estimated U.S. output of construction sand and gravel produced and shipped for consumption in the first quarter of 2017 was 165 Mt, a decrease of 4 percent compared with that of the same period of 2016. The revised estimated annual output produced for consumption in 2016 was 945 Mt, a slight increase compared with the annual output for 2015. This was previously reported as 959 Mt.

The above estimates are based on information reported to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) on its quarterly sample survey by construction aggregates producers. Previously reported data are occasionally revised, and the estimated quantities for the prior quarters are then recalculated.

The estimated production-for-consumption of construction sand and gravel in the first quarter of 2017 decreased from that of first quarter 2016 in six of the nine geographic divisions. The largest decreases in percentages were recorded in the West North Central, the Middle Atlantic, and the East North Central divisions. Production-for-consumption increased in 23 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 Colorado. Their combined total production-for-consumption was 61.6 Mt, which was a 6 percent decrease compared with that in the first quarter of 2016.