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Weekly Raw Steel Production Still Down

Written by Brett Linton

For the week ending April 12, 2014, the American Iron & Steel Institute (AISI) reported that the U.S. steel industry produced 1,785,000 net tons (NT) of raw steel, a 1.3 percent increase over the previous week but a 2.8 percent decrease over the same week one year ago. The estimated capacity utilization rate is 74.2 percent, up from 73.3 percent last week but down from 76.7 percent last year.

Estimated total raw steel produced for 2014 YTD is reported to be 26,631,000 NT, down 0.8 percent from the 26,850,000 NT produced through the same period in 2013. The average capacity utilization rate for 2014 YTD is estimated to be 76.1 percent, down from 76.9 percent for 2013 YTD. Note that there has been a change in production capability for 2014- comparisons between 2013 and 2014 capacity utilization rates are against different production levels, so the total tonnage figures are best suited for yearly comparisons.

Week-over-week changes per district are as follows: North East at 224,000 net tons, up 13,000 tons. Great Lakes at 569,000 NT, up 4,000 tons. Midwest at 233,000 NT, down 5,000 tons. South at 671,000 NT, up 14,000 tons. West at 88,000 NT, down 3,000 tons. Total production was 1,785,000 NT, up 23,000 tons.

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