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Weekly Raw Steel Production Continues to be Weak

Written by Brett Linton


For the week ending October 3, 2015, the American Iron & Steel Institute (AISI) estimated the U.S. steel industry produced 1,727,000 net tons of raw steel, a 0.5 percent decrease over the previous week and a 7.3 percent decrease over the same week one year ago. The estimated capacity utilization rate is 72.2 percent, down from 72.6 percent last week and down from 77.4 percent this time last year.

Estimated total raw steel produced for 2015 YTD is reported to be 67,819,000 tons, down 8.0 percent from the 73,727,000 tons produced during the same period in 2014. The average capacity utilization rate for 2015 YTD is estimated to be 72.5 percent, down from 78.0 percent for 2014 YTD.

Note that the total production capability figure for Q3 2015 is approximately 31.4 million tons versus 31.6 million tons for the same period last year and 30.7 million tons for the Q2 2015.

Week-over-week changes per district are as follows: Northeast at 195,000 tons, down 11,000 tons. Great Lakes at 659,000 tons, up 34,000 tons. Midwest at 221,000 tons, up 3,000 tons. South at 563,000 tons, down 36,000 tons. West at 89,000 tons, up 2,000 tons. Total production was 1,727,000 tons, down 8,000 tons.

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