For the first full week of November, total US coal production was 19.8 million tonnes, the agency said, 2.4% over the prior week’s estimate and 2.8% higher than in the same week of 2012.
According to its data, coal production from the eastern coalfields was 8.1Mt for the week, while mines west of the Mississippi River produced 14.7Mt.
The EIA noted that year-to-date production was still sluggish. Versus the comparable year-to-date production level last year, the nation’s mines were down a combined 1.9% to 861.6Mt.
To compare, the agency said two weeks ago that year-to-date for the week ended October 26 was 822.4Mt, or 2.1% lower than the same time in 2012.
Results for the week in progress will be released November 21.