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Production Volume Dips in Second Quarter


According to to the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) quarterly sample survey of aggregates producers, lower stone production characterized the second quarter of the year when compared to last year.

An estimated 555 Mt of total construction aggregates was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the second quarter of 2013, a slight decrease compared with that of the second quarter of 2012. The estimated production for consumption in the first 6 months of 2013 was 908 Mt, a slight decrease compared with that of the same period of 2012.

An estimated 321 million metric tons (Mt) of crushed stone was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the second quarter of 2013, a slight increase compared with that of the second quarter of 2012. The estimated production for consumption in the first 6 months of 2013 was 533 Mt, a slight decrease compared with that of the same period of 2012.

The estimated U.S. output of construction sand and gravel produced and shipped for consumption in the second quarter of 2013 was 234 Mt, a slight decrease compared with that of the second quarter of 2012. The estimated production for consumption in the first 6 months of 2013 was 375 Mt, a slight decrease compared with that of the same period of 2012.

Estimated portland cement consumption increased slightly in the second quarter of 2013 compared with that of the second quarter of 2012. The estimated consumption in the first 6 months of 2013 also increased slightly compared with that of the same period of 2012. This information is obtained from the USGS monthly survey of U.S. cement producers.

The estimated production-for-consumption of construction aggregates in the second quarter of 2013 increased in five of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the second quarter of 2012. The largest increases in percentages were recorded in the Pacific, West South Central, and the South Atlantic divisions. Production-for-consumption increased in 17 of the 44 states that were estimated.

The five leading states, in descending order of production-for-consumption, were Texas, California, Pennsylvania, Missouri and Ohio. Their combined total production-for-consumption was 168 Mt and represented 30 percent of the U.S. total.

The estimated production-for-consumption of crushed stone in the second quarter of 2013 increased in five of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the second quarter of 2012. The largest increases were recorded in the West South Central, East South Central and the South Atlantic divisions. Production-for-consumption increased in 18 of the 46 states that were estimated.

The five leading states, in descending order of production-for-consumption, were Texas, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Ohio and Florida. Their combined total production-for-consumption was 113 Mt and represented 35 percent of the U.S. total.

The estimated production-for-consumption of construction sand and gravel in the second quarter of 2013 increased in four of the nine geographic divisions compared with that sold or used in the second quarter of 2012. The largest increases in percentages were recorded in the South Atlantic, the Pacific and the West South Central divisions. Production-for-consumption increased in 20 of the 46 states that were estimated.

The five leading states, in descending order of production-for- consumption, were Texas, California, Michigan, Arizona and Colorado. Their combined total production-for-consumption was 77.3 Mt and represented 33 percent of the U.S. total.