Raw steel production in the country's Great Lakes region was 650,000 tons in the week ending March 23, according to estimates from the American Iron and Steel Institute.
Production was up 13,000 tons from the week prior. The majority of raw steel production in the Great Lakes region occurs in Indiana and the Chicago area.
Production in the Southern District was estimated at 620,000 tons last week, up from 614,000 tons a week earlier.
Total domestic raw steel production last week was 1.8 million tons
U.S. steel mills had a capacity utilization rate of 75.5 percent last week, which is up from a 74.5 percent production rate a week earlier. The capacity utilization rate at this time last year was 79.6 percent.
Domestic mills have produced about 21.8 million tons of steel this year, down 7.7 percent from the same period in 2012. Last year at this time, domestic mills produced about 23.6 million tons of steel.