Recycling, Scrap Metal, Commodities and Economic Report

This is the Commodities, Scrap Metal, Recycling and Economic Report. Brought to you by BENLEE roll-trailers, gondola trailers and roll-off truck parts, May 8th, 2023. This is Brian Sides reporting for Greg Brown.

weekly tonnage of raw steel production

U.S. weekly raw steel production rose to 1.716MT, a 76.2% utilization rate vs. 81.9% last year. This was on slow demand and as steel mills are keeping supply tight.

Crude Oil

WTI crude oil price fell to $71.34/b., after being about $68/b, during the week. Higher interest rates are pushing the economy lower, so oil less demand.

Oil Rig Count

The U.S. weekly oil rig count fell to 588 a multi-year low. Slowing global demand and lower prices are keeping rigs low.

US Field Production of Crude Oil

U.S. weekly crude oil production rose to 12.3Mb/day but in a tight range for about a year. U.S. production has been steady while OPEC has been cutting production.

AMM Weekly Heavy Melt

Scrap Steel #1 HMS price will fall to about $335/GT on slowing U.S. and global demand.

Hot Roll Coil

Hot-rolled coil steel price rose slightly to $56.83/cwt., $1,136/T on steady, to slowing demand and tight supply.


Copper price fell slightly to $3.89/lb., on a slowing global economy.


Aluminum price fell to $1.05/lb., $2,323/mt on the same slowing economy.

China April Caixin General Manufacturing Index

China’s April Caixin General Manufacturing Index fell to 49.5 with under 50 being contraction. New orders and lead times shrank and selling prices fell the most since 2015.

U.S. Federal Funds Interest Rate

U.S. Federal Funds Interest Rate rose to .25% to 5.0-5.25%. This is the highest since 2007, but not even close to 1981. The Federal Reserve said rates could hold at this level.

U.S. April New Jobs

U.S. April new jobs report. There were 253,000 jobs added, which beat the forecast of 180,000. March was revised much lower. Business services, healthcare, leisure, and hospitality rose the most.

U.S. April Labor Participation Rate

U.S. April labor participation rate which is people 16 years old or older that could work, are working or looking for work. It was steady at 62.6% so 37.4% of people over 16 are not working or even looking for work. A large safety net and 20+ years of a great stock market mean people have enough money and are staying home.

U.S. April Unemployment Rate

U.S. April unemployment rate fell to 3.4% matching January’s 50 year low. The low percentage means companies are competing for labor. Competing for labor brings higher labor costs so higher inflation.

Dow Jones

Wall Street’s Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 424 points to 33,674 despite a huge gain on Friday. This was on recession fears, but good Apple earnings and the good jobs report.


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