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US weekly coal production tightens 11.5% YOY

Total U.S. coal production for the week ended Oct. 19 tightened 11.5% year over year to 13.0 million tons from 14.7 million tons, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

For the 52 weeks ended Oct. 19, production totaled 723.0 million tons, representing a year-over-year decrease of 4.2%, while year-to-date coal output declined 5.2% year over year to 573.0 million tons.

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The western region's coal production for the week reached 7.2 million tons, a 13.4% decrease from the prior year's 8.3 million tons. Data for the western region covers Powder River Basin mines.

Coal production from Appalachian mines totaled 3.4 million tons, sagging 9.7% year over year from 3.8 million tons.

The interior region's production shrank 8.0% to 2.4 million tons from 2.6 million tons the year before. Interior region data covers mines in the Illinois Basin.

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