Market Update

The Gerdau Market Update tracks and analyzes over 100 data streams that affect long steel consumption, attempting to provide the latest on market trends. Below, you will find the most recent information about Macroeconomics, Steel Econometrics, Construction and Manufacturing as it becomes available.

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Producer Price Index: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Producer Price Index (PPI) for final demand grew 0.2% in December 2021 (seasonally adjusted), following the 1.0% increase in November. The index for final demand services grew 0.5% (its twelfth consecutive advance) while the index for final demand goods moved down by 0.4%. A major factor in the December decrease in prices for final demand goods was the index for gasoline, which moved down 6.1%.
U.S. Steel Rebar Final Imports: Final rebar imports to the U.S. came in at 133,844 tons for the month of November 2021, down 4% m/m.
U.S. Steel Merchant Final Imports: Final merchant imports to the U.S. came in at 49,200 tons in November 2021, increasing 5% month over month (m/m).
U.S. Fabricated Beam Final Imports: Final fabricated beam imports to the U.S. came in at 58,321 tons in November 2021, increasing 1.6% month over month (m/m).
U.S. Steel Beam Final Imports: Final beam imports to the U.S. came in at 38,840 tons for November 2021, up 167% since last month.
Employment by Industry (U.S.): In December 2021, the total number of seasonally adjusted (SA), non-farm people employed in the U.S. was 148.95 million (M) – an increase of 199,000 (+0.1%) month on month (m/m). When compared to December 2020, total employment is up by 4.5% year on year (y/y). Among the employment sectors that we track at Gerdau, we saw the greatest monthly gain in construction, similar to November data.


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