LONDON, Aug 24, 2011 (Dow Jones) -- U.S. domestic primary aluminum production in April was 162,000 metric tons, unchanged from March and up 14% from 142,000 tons a year earlier, according Wednesday to the U.S. Geological Survey.
The average daily U.S. primary aluminum production was 5,400 tons, 3% higher than the previous month and 14% higher than in April 2010.
Total aluminum recovered from scrap in the U.S. in April was 252,000 tons, 3% lower than 260,000 tons the previous month but 14% higher than the 221,000 tons recovered in April 2010. Of this, 135,000 tons of aluminum was recovered from new scrap, slightly lower than the 138,000 tons recovered the previous month and but 10% higher than in April 2010.
Aluminum recovered from old scrap in the U.S. in April totaled 117,000 tons, which was 4% lower than 122,000 tons in March but 21% higher than 97,000 tons a year earlier.