For the week ending July 30, 2016, the American Iron & Steel Institute (AISI) estimated the U.S. steel industry produced 1,681,000 net tons of raw steel, a 1.3 percent decrease over the previous week and a 3.9 percent decrease over the same week one year ago. The estimated capacity utilization rate is 71.9 percent, down from 72.8 percent last week and down from 73.2 percent this time last year.
The last time raw steel production was this low was the week ending April 9, 2016 when 1,656,000 tons were produced at a capacity utilization rate of 70.8 percent.
Estimated total raw steel produced for 2016 YTD is reported to be 52,584,000 tons, down 0.9 percent from the 53,074,000 tons produced during the same period in 2015. The average capacity utilization rate for 2016 YTD is estimated to be 72.5 percent, up from 72.3 percent for 2015 YTD.
Week-over-week changes per district are as follows: Northeast at 188,000 tons, down 1,000 tons. Great Lakes at 656,000 tons, down 7,000 tons. Midwest at 164,000 tons, up 3,000 tons. South at 600,000 tons, down 18,000 tons. West at 73,000 tons, up 1,000 tons. Total production was 1,681,000 tons, down 22,000 tons.
About Weekly Raw Steel Production Data
The weekly raw steel production tonnage provided by the AISI is estimated. The figures are compiled from weekly production tonnage provided by 50 percent of the domestic producers combined with monthly production data for the remainder. Therefore, this report should be used primarily to assess production trends. The monthly AISI production report provides a more detailed summary of steel production based on data supplied by companies representing over 75 percent of U.S. production capacity.
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