U.S. steel production figures 2006-2019

This statistic gives figures about steel production in the United States between 2006 and 2019. In 2019, around 87 million metric tons of steel was produced here. Basic oxygen furnaces accounted for 30 percent of the country's total steel production.

Steel production – additional information

The process of fabricating steel has been a common practice in several cultures for hundreds of years. There are many different types and grades of steel that are usually composed of some combination of iron and carbon. The addition of various alloys, such as manganese, nickel, or copper determines the properties of each grade. These additional elements and the heat treatment used to manipulate steel also affect its properties. In recent years, excavators found evidence of steel production in eastern Africa and India dated as early as 300 BC. Steel is widely used in building construction, infrastructure development and other applications.

Since 2009, annual iron and steel manufacturing in the United States had increased from more than 70 billion U.S. dollars in revenue to 101 billion U.S. dollars in 2014. One of the largest steel producers in the United States is the North-Carolina-based Nucor Corporation. In the fiscal year of 2018, the steel producer employed around 26,300 people worldwide. In a global comparison of crude steel producers, Nucor was ranked twelfth in 2018, producing around 25.49 million metric tons of crude steel.

Over the last several years, the global production of crude steel has experienced consistent growth. Since 2003, annual crude steel production increased from 971.02 million metric tons to 1.87 billion metric tons in 2019 as demand increases worldwide.

Steel production figures in the U.S. from 2006 to 2019

YearSteel (in million metric tons)Basic oxygen furnaces (in percent)Electric arc furnaces (in percent)
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Release date

February 2020

Region

United States

Survey time period

2006 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* Estimate.
Figures for 2006 through 2014 are taken from previous publications.

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