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US weekly coal production falls 18.3% YOY

Total U.S. coal production in the week ended Jan. 11 fell 18.3% year over year to 12.9 million tons from 15.8 million tons, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration data.

For the 52 weeks ended Jan. 11, coal production in the U.S. totaled 700.5 million tons, down 7.5% year over year, while year-to-date coal output decreased 11.8% year over year to 20.1 million tons.

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Coal production in the western region closed the week at 6.8 million tons, dropping 19.0% from 8.3 million tons the year before. Data for the western region covers Powder River Basin mines.

Weekly output from Appalachian mines totaled 3.7 million tons of coal, down 15.6% year over year from 4.4 million tons.

The interior region produced a total of 2.5 million tons of coal in the second week of 2020, decreasing 20.5% on an annual basis from 3.1 million tons. Interior region data covers mines in the Illinois Basin.

The EIA's production data is derived from rail carload estimates.