Steel Industry Statistics

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  • The U.S. steel industry operates more than 100 steelmaking and production facilities, producing 98 million tons in steel shipments valued at $75 billion in 2014.
  • The steel industry directly employs about 150,000 people in the United States, and it directly or indirectly supports more than one million U.S. jobs.
  • Labor productivity for the U.S. steel industry has improved five-fold since the early 1980s, when the average steel mill produced one ton of steel for 10.1 worker hours. The 2014 average was 1.9 worker hours per ton, with many facilities producing a ton of steel in less than one worker hour.
  • Steel is the most recycled material in the world – more than aluminum, copper, paper, glass and plastic combined. In North America alone, more than 80 million tons of steel are recycled or exported for recycling each year.
  • Today, 97 percent of steel by-products can be re-used and the recycling rate for steel itself is 81 percent.
  • Through recycling, the steel industry saves the energy needed to power 20 million homes for one year.
  • According to the U.S. EPA’s Sector Performance Report, the domestic steel sector is recognized as having the steepest decline of total air emissions among nine manufacturing sectors studied.
  • Advanced high-strength steel is the only material that reduces greenhouse gas emissions in all phases of an automobile’s life: manufacturing, driving and end-of-life.
  • Since 1990, the industry has reduced energy intensity by 32 percent and CO2 emissions by 37 percent per ton of steel shipped.
  • The North American steel industry is committed to the highest safety and health standards. Since 2005, U.S. steel producers have achieved a reduction of 50 percent in both the total OSHA recordable injury and illness and lost workday case rates.

The American Iron and Steel Institute’s Mission is to influence public policy, educate and shape public opinion in support of a strong, sustainable U.S. and North American steel industry committed to manufacturing products that meet society’s needs.

To achieve our mission, AISI:

  • Focuses on the advocacy of public policy issues central to the steel industry, issues where AISI can make an impact and issues where there is strong member alignment.
  • Informs and educates opinion leaders about the North American steel industry’s strategic importance to national and economic security.
  • Communicates the benefits that the industry’s technological advances are making to the health and safety of its workforce and to the environment.
  • Collects and provides industry data to policymakers, company personnel and the public regarding steel operations, production, energy efficiency, shipments, import/export levels and consumption.
  • Pursues technology advancements through Collaborative Research and Development.
  • Assists member companies in attracting and retaining talent.
  • Advances the competitive use of steel in traditional and growth markets.

The vision of the Institute and its members is for a sustainable North American steel industry strategically positioned for growth and innovation and as a leader in the global marketplace. The work of AISI and the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI), a business unit of AISI, is focused on:

  • Making steel the material of choice in a growing number of applications, and to expand markets for steel.
  • Advancing the understanding of steel as a high performance, contemporary engineering material continuously being improved to meet new market demands.
  • Supporting and coordinating industry efforts to minimize CO2 emissions through continuous development and deployment of new technologies.
  • Raising awareness about the fact that steel is the most recycled material in the world, more than all other materials combined.

As we pursue our mission, we aim to see:

  • The world-class North American steel industry operating in an expanding market and aggressively securing market share from competing materials and imports.
  • A highly competitive North American steel industry fully capable of taking advantage of opportunities in the global market.
  • The steel industry recognized for its favorable environmental, health and safety performance.
  • Customers relying on North American steel producers as a vital component of their success and investing in manufacturing technologies that support a strong steel demand.
  • Shareholders enthusiastic about the industry and its products and prospects.
  • The steel industry perceived as an attractive industry for high caliber talent at all levels.
  • AISI member companies and the North American steel industry growing, profitable, and respected in the global marketplace.