Gold production in Silver State increased in 2016

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ELKO, Nevada (AP) - Gold production is on the rise in Nevada.

The Elko Daily Free Press reports gold production in the "Silver State" rose 2.4 percent in 2016 to nearly 5.5 million ounces.

According to Nevada Division of Minerals, silver production was down 6.4 percent to a nearly 8.9 million ounces.

The two largest gold producers were Barrick Gold Corp. and Newmont Mining Corp.

Barrick produced more than 2.6 million ounces of the total gold production and 200,757 ounces of silver. Newmont made a little more than 1.6 million ounces of gold and a little more than 1.5 million ounces of silver.

Total gold production was just over 5.3 million ounces in 2015, while silver production totaled a little less than 9.5 million ounces that year.

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