Raw steel production in the country's Great Lakes region was 675,000 tons in the week ending May 25, according to estimates from the American Iron and Steel Institute.
Production was up 8,000 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 631,000 tons last week, down from 689,000 tons a week earlier.
Total domestic raw steel production last week was 1.9 million tons
U.S. steel mills had a capacity utilization rate of 77.2 percent last week, which is down from a 79.5 percent production rate a week earlier. The capacity utilization rate at this time last year was 79.2 percent.
Domestic mills have produced about 38.6 million tons of steel this year, down 7.1 percent from the same period in 2012. Last year at this time, domestic mills produced about 41.5 million tons of steel.
Domestic mills made about 1.9 million tons of raw steel last week.
The American Iron and Steel Institute reported steel imports increased 4.2 percent in April compared to March. April imports were 2.7 million tons compared to 2.6 million tons in March. This was a 14.8 percent decrease compared to April 2012.
“Imports increased in April primarily due to an increase in arrivals of semifinished slab imports for further processing by the domestic integrated industry, suggesting a anticipation of improved conditions in the US market going forward. Imports of rebars posted a decline,” said David Phelps, president of AIIS.