President Barack Obama said in Tuesday night’s debate that the U.S. has seen “increases in coal production and coal employment,” but the Energy Information Agency of the U.S. Department of Energy says coal production in the United States hit a peak in 2008 and has never regained that level.

The EIA also says coal production decreased in the first half of this year compared to the first half of 2011. However, in just the period from 2009 to 2011—excluding 2008 and 2012–coal production did increase.

“We have seen increases in coal production and coal employment,” Obama said as part of his answer to a participant in the townhall-style debate who asked him if he agreed with Energy Secretary Steven Chu who said it was not the policy of his department to lower gas prices.