Diesel jumps 11 cents for second week

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The national average retail price of a gallon of diesel shot up 11 cents for the week ending Monday, April 24 to $2.876, or 58 cents more than in the same week of 2005. The 11-cent figure may sound familiar, since the average diesel price went up 11 cents the previous week, too.

The average diesel price increased in every region tracked by the U.S. Department of Energy. The biggest increases were in the Rockies, at 14.7 cents, and the West Coast, at 14.5 cents. The smallest increase was on the Gulf Coast at 9.2 cents.

The West Coast had the most expensive diesel in the country at $3.026. In California, the average was even higher, at $3.103. The least expensive diesel in the country was still on the Gulf Coast, despite its 21-cent increase the past two weeks, at $2.817.

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