The latest Annual Coal Report (ACR) from the Energy Information Administration shows 2016 production decreased 18.8 percent, yielding the lowest annual production level since 1979 at 728.4 million short tons. Coal industry employment reached the lowest recorded number since data collection began in 1978 with 51,795 employees. U.S. coal mine productive capacity showed an 8.3 percent decline from 2015 levels. There was a 5.2 percent uptick in hourly per-employee production, with 6.6 tons per worker.