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US output of construction aggregates down in 1Q17

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Estimated US output of construction aggregates in 1Q17 fell 3% compared to the same period in 2016, according to figures from the US Geological Survey. Production of construction aggregates stood at 426 million t for the first three months of the year.

Within that, production of crushed stone was down slightly at 261 million short t, while construction sand and gravel was down 4% at 165 million t.

The West South Central region, which includes the state of Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas, was the largest consumer of aggregates in the US in 1Q17, accounting for 84.2 million t of aggregates sold or used by producers. Within that Texas accounted for 62.5 million t of aggregates use – by far the leading consumer in the US.

The region with the highest growth, however, was the Mountain region, consisting of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming, which saw aggregates use up 4.9%. This was driven by double-digit growth in New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah.

The US produced 2.3 billion t of construction aggregates in 2016, according to the USGS, including 1.36 billion t of crushed stone and 945 million t of construction sand and gravel. Estimates of aggregates production are based on information reported to the USGS on its quarterly sample survey of construction aggregates producers.

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