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Aggregates Production Dips in Second Quarter


An estimated 606 million metric tons (Mt) of total construction aggregates was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the second quarter of 2017, a slight decrease compared with that of the second quarter of 2016, according to Jason Willett, crushed-stone commodity specialist for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The estimated production for consumption in the first six months of 2017 was 1.02 billion metric tons (Gt), a slight decrease compared with that of the same period of 2016.

The five leading states, in descending order of production for consumption, were Texas, California, Pennsylvania, Florida and Ohio. Their combined total production for consumption in the second quarter of 2017 was 173 Mt, a decrease of 4 percent and represented 28 percent of the U.S. total.

An estimated 365 Mt of crushed stone was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the second quarter of 2017, a slight decrease compared with that of the second quarter of 2016. The estimated production for consumption in the first six months of 2017 was 626 Mt, a slight decrease compared with that of the same period of 2016.

The five leading states, in descending order of production for consumption, were Texas, Pennsylvania, Florida, North Carolina and Ohio. Their combined total production for consumption in the second quarter of 2017 was 117 Mt and represented 32 percent of the U.S. total.

The estimated U.S. output of construction sand and gravel produced and shipped for consumption in the second quarter of 2017 was 241 Mt, a slight decrease compared with that of the second quarter of 2016. The estimated production for consumption in the first six months of 2017 was 393 Mt, a slight decrease compared with that of the same period of 2016.

The five leading states, in descending order of production for consumption, were California, Texas, Michigan, Minnesota and Arizona. Their combined total production for consumption in the second quarter of 2017 was 81.6 Mt and represented 34 percent of the U.S. total.

The above estimates are based on information reported to the USGS on its quarterly sample survey by construction aggregates producers.