This Week's Raw Steel Production

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In the week ending on March 17, 2018, domestic raw steel production was 1,826,000 net tons while the capability utilization rate was 78.3 percent. Production was 1,716,000 net tons in the week ending March 17, 2017 while the capability utilization then was 73.6 percent. The current week production represents a 6.4 percent increase from the same period in the previous year. Production for the week ending March 17, 2018 is up 0.7 percent from the previous week ending March 10, 2018 when production was 1,813,000 net tons and the rate of capability utilization was 77.8 percent.

Adjusted year-to-date production through March 17, 2018 was 19,013,000 net tons, at a capability utilization rate of 75.1 percent. That is up 0.4 percent from the 18,937,000 net tons during the same period last year, when the capability utilization rate was 74.6 percent.

Broken down by districts, here's production for the week ending March 17, 2018 in thousands of net tons: North East: 218; Great Lakes: 672; Midwest: 164; Southern: 707 and Western: 65 for a total of 1826.

The Raw Steel production tonnage provided in this report is estimated. The figures are compiled from weekly production tonnage provided from 50% of the domestic producers combined with monthly production data for the remainder. Therefore, this report should be used primarily to assess production trends. The AISI production report "AIS 7", published monthly and available by subscription, provides a more detailed summary of steel production based on data supplied by companies representing 75% of U.S. production capacity.  

Note: Capability for the First Quarter 2018 is approximately 30.0 million tons compared to 30.0 million tons for the same period last year and 30.6 million tons for the Fourth Quarter of 2017.