Thanks in part to nervous anticipation of Hurricane Rita, the national average retail price of a gallon of diesel increased 6 cents for the week ending Monday, Sept. 26 to $2.798 – no record, but 78 cents more than in the same week of 2004.
The average diesel price increased in all regions tracked by the U.S. Department of Energy except the West Coast, where it dropped less than a penny. West Coast diesel remained the most expensive in the country at $2.978 a gallon.
The biggest increase for the week, 9 cents, was in the Midwest, but Midwest diesel remained the least expensive in the country at $2.739.
For state-by-state diesel prices, updated daily, visit http://www.etrucker.com/apps/promiles/fuelprices.asp.