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U.S. steel production up 43% year-over-year in April
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U.S. steel production up 43% year-over-year in April

U.S. steel production up 43% year-over-year in April

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Steel mills in the United States produced 6.9 million tons in April, a 43% year-over-year jump, according to the World Steel Association.

The United States ranked fourth worldwide in steel production, according to the association.

U.S. steel mills shipped 7.95 million tons of steel in March, the most recent month for which data is available, according to the Washington D.C.-based trade association the American Iron and Steel Institute. That's an 18% increase as compared to the 6.73 million tons shipped in February and a 1.9% increase from the 7.8 million tons shipped in March 2020.

The Brussels, Belgium-based organization reported that mills worldwide produced 169.5 million tons of steel in April, a 23.3% increase as compared to the same time a year earlier.

Africa made 1.3 million tons of steel in April, a 93.9% increased as compared to April 2020. Steel production grew by 19.2% to 125 million tons in Asia and Oceania, by 20.7% to 9 million tons in the Commonwealth of Independent States in Eurasia, by 42.8% to 12.9 million tons in the European Union, by 33.9% to 4.2 million tons in the rest of Europe, by 15.3% to 3.5 million tons, and by 70.9% to 3.8 million tons in South America.

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In April, steel production grew by 38.2% to 9.7 million tons in North America, according to the World Steel Association. North American steel mills made 38 million tons of steel between January and April, a 3.8% year-over-year increase.

Steel mills in the United States forged 27.3 million tons of steel between January and April, a 2.8% increase.

The United States trailed China, India and Japan in steel output in April. China single-handedly accounted for 57% of the world's steel production with 97.9 tons, a 13.4% year-over-year increase. 

In April, steel production rose by 15.1% to 6.5 million tons, 15.4% to 5.9 million tons in South Korea, by 31.5% to 3.4 million tons in Germany, 46.6% to 3.3 million tons in Turkey, 59.3% to 3.1 million tons in Brazil and 6.4% to 2.5 million tons in Iran.

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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.

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