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U.S. steel production rose 8.5 percent in November

The World Steel Association met in Chicago in 2015. The trade association reported that global steel production rose 3.7 percent in November.

U.S. steel mills produced 6.7 million tons of steel in November, an 8.5 percent year-over-year increase.

The United States ranked third internationally in steel production last month after China's 66.2 million tons and Japan's 8.7 million tons, according to the World Steel Association.

The Brussels-based trade association reported the global steel output was 136.6 million tons in November, a 3.3 percent year-over-year increase. The 66 steelmaking countries used about 70.7 percent of their overall steelmaking capacity, up 1.5 percent year-over-year but down 2.2 percent compared to October.

In November, steel production was up 2.2 percent year-over-year in China, 1 percent in Japan, 3.3 percent in Italy, 18 percent in Spain, and 15.3 percent in Brazil. Steel output fell 9.7 percent year-over-year in France, which made 1.2 million tons of metal in November.

Home to about half the nation's blast furnaces, Indiana has led the United States in steelmaking for decades, largely because of the large integrated mills on Lake Michigan in Northwest Indiana, according to the American Iron and Steel Institute.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.