I reported earlier on the preliminary results of the USGS annual Mineral Commodity Summary report for 2013 production, noting that Arizona retained its #2 position in non-fuel mineral production (ie, not including coal). The USGS has now released the full report online. I'm posting their announcement below:
Last year, the estimated value of mineral
production in the U.S. was $74.3 billion, a slight decrease from $75.8 billion
in 2012. According to the U.S. Geological Survey’s annual Mineral Commodity Summaries 2014
report, the 2013 decrease follows three consecutive years of increases. Net
U.S. exports of mineral raw materials and old scrap contributed an additional
$15.8 billion to the U.S. economy.
“To put this in context, the $90.1 billion
value of combined mined, exported, and recycled raw materials is more than five
times greater than the 2013 combined net revenues of Internet titans: Amazon,
Facebook, Google, and Yahoo. This illustrates the fundamental importance
of mineral resources to the nation’s economy, technology, and national
security,” said Larry Meinert, USGS Mineral Resources Program Coordinator.
Minerals remain fundamental to the U.S.
economy, contributing to the real gross domestic product at several levels,
including mining, processing, and manufacturing finished products. The U.S.
continues to rely on foreign sources for raw and processed mineral materials.
This annual USGS report is the original
source of mineral production data for the world. It includes statistics on
about 90 mineral commodities essential to the U.S. economy and national
security, and addresses events, trends, and issues in the domestic and
international minerals industries.
"Decision makers and policy makers in
the private and public sectors rely on the Mineral Commodity Summaries and
other USGS minerals information publications as unbiased sources of information
to make business decisions and national policy," said Michael J. Magyar,
Acting Director of the USGS
National Minerals Information Center.
Production increased for most industrial mineral
commodities mined in the U.S., and prices remained stable. Industrial mineral
commodities include cement, clays, crushed stone, phosphate rock, salt, sand
and gravel, and soda ash, which are used in industrial applications such as
building and road construction and chemical manufacturing.
Production of most metals was relatively
unchanged compared with that of 2012, but reduced prices resulted in an overall
reduction in the value of metals produced. Domestically produced metals include
copper, gold, iron, molybdenum, and zinc, which are used in a wide variety of
products including consumer goods, electronic devices, industrial equipment,
and transportation systems.
Domestic raw materials and domestically
recycled materials were used to process mineral materials worth $665 billion.
These mineral materials, including aluminum, brick, copper, fertilizers, and
steel, and net imports of processed materials (worth about $24 billion) were,
in turn, consumed by downstream industries with a value added of an estimated
$2.4 trillion in 2013.
The construction industry began to show signs
of improvement in 2012, and those trends continued in 2013, with increased
production and consumption of cement, construction sand and gravel, crushed
stone, and gypsum, mineral commodities that are used almost exclusively in
Mine production of 14 mineral commodities was
worth more than $1 billion each in the U.S. in 2013. These were, in decreasing
order of value, crushed stone, gold, copper, cement, construction sand and
gravel, iron ore (shipped), molybdenum concentrates, phosphate rock, industrial
sand and gravel, lime, soda ash, salt, zinc, and clays (all types).
In 2013, 12 states each produced more than $2
billion worth of nonfuel mineral commodities. These states were, in descending
order of value—Nevada, Arizona, Minnesota, Florida, Texas, Alaska, Utah,
California, Wyoming, Missouri, Michigan, and Colorado. The mineral production
of these states accounted for 64% of the U.S. total output value.
Government agencies and the industrial and
financial sectors use data from this and other USGS minerals reports to
prepare legislation and key economic reports and to evaluate national defense
mineral requirements. USGS produces more detailed and updated data
throughout the year in the USGS Minerals Yearbook
Mineral Resources Program delivers unbiased science and information to
understand mineral resource potential, production, consumption, and their
interaction with the environment. The USGS National Minerals Information
Center collects, analyzes, and disseminates current information on the
supply of and the demand for minerals and materials in the U.S. and about 180
The USGS report "Mineral Commodity
Summaries 2014" is available online.
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