CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) _ Domestic coal production rose 5 percent to 22.9 million tons in the week ending Dec. 20 from 21.8 million tons the week before, the U.S. Department of Energy said Wednesday.

The U.S. coal industry produced 20.9 million tons in the same week last year, according to the department's Energy Information Administration.

Wyoming ranked first among the 25 coal-producing states with 6.5 million tons produced. Kentucky was second with 3.2 million tons and West Virginia was third with 3 million tons, the agency said.

Domestic coal production so far in 1997 is about 1.06 billion tons, 2.7 percent ahead of 1996's production for the same period.

The week's production accounts for bituminous and lignite coal. The week ending Dec. 20 is the latest available.