Average diesel price refuses to fall, hits record high

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Since it jumped 34 cents in a single week in the wake of Hurricane Rita, the national average price of a gallon of diesel has barely budged in October. For the week ending Monday, Oct. 24, it increased less than a penny, to $3.157, another record high and 94 cents more than in the same week of 2004.

The average price decreased in every region tracked by the U.S. Department of Energy except two: the Rockies, where it increased by a nickel, and the Midwest, where it increased by 9 cents. The biggest decrease was in the Lower Atlantic, where the price dropped by 8 cents.

New England had the lowest average diesel price at $2.873, and the Midwest had the highest at $3.235.

For state-by-state diesel prices, updated daily, visit http://www.etrucker.com/apps/promiles/fuelprices.asp.