USGS: Aggregate production dipped to end 2022

By |  March 7, 2023

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An estimated 575 million metric tons (Mt) of construction aggregates were produced and shipped for consumption in the fourth quarter of 2022, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reports.

The 575 Mt is a decrease of 7 percent compared with the fourth quarter of 2021.

In the fourth quarter, USGS says aggregate production for consumption decreased in 32 of the 41 states for which production estimates were made. The top five-producing states in the quarter were Texas, California, Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania, whose combined total was 172 Mt.

According to USGS, 2.44 billion metric tons (Gt) of construction aggregates were produced throughout 2022. That output is on par with 2021’s total.

Crushed stone

Of the 575 Mt of construction aggregates produced and shipped in the fourth quarter, 365 Mt were crushed stone.

The 365 Mt of crushed stone is a 7 percent decrease compared with the output from the fourth quarter of 2021.

USGS estimates the annual output of crushed stone in 2022 to be 1.5 Gt.

Sand and gravel

Construction sand and gravel production for consumption was also down in the fourth quarter, according to USGS, as the estimated output totaled about 214 Mt.

That mark represents a 9 percent drop from the fourth quarter of 2021.

The estimated annual output of construction sand and gravel produced for consumption last year was 937 Mt – a total that is essentially unchanged from the year before.

About USGS’s estimates

The estimates USGS makes about construction aggregates are based on information reported to the agency in a quarterly sample survey of producers across the U.S.

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