Government Shutdown Impact on Steel Market Update

Written by Peter Wright

Effect of the government shutdown on information flow: about half of the data that we at SMU use to evaluate the state of and direction of the steel market is produced by government agencies and is publicly available. The current nature of things was brought home to us on Tuesday when we attempted to access the Department of Commerce Manufacturing, Mining and Construction statistics homepage and found the following message; “Due to the lapse in government funding, sites, services, and all online survey collection requests will be unavailable until further notice. Updates regarding government operating status and resumption of normal operations can be found at <>.”


For the next couple of weeks as our “leaders” come to terms with their responsibilities we at SMU will take the opportunity to review the existing data in our files and dig deeper into some aspects that we have not covered in detail previously. The piece included below on non residential construction and the effect of the recession on private and government funded projects is an example of what we have in mind.

As far as an immediate effect on the steel industry is concerned we believe the shutdown will have little effect except that trade case activity will be on hold. In the longer term the inevitable effect of this fiasco on consumer confidence will depress consumer spending, GDP and consequent steel consumption.

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