The national average retail price of a gallon of diesel increased 2 cents for the week ending Monday, May 1 to $2.896. That increase was much smaller than the 11-cent increases of the previous two weeks, but it still left diesel costing 63 cents more than in the same week of 2005. The price now has increased five weeks in a row.
For the week ending May 1, the average diesel price increased in every region tracked by the U.S. Department of Energy, except for the Lower Atlantic, where the price was unchanged. The biggest increase was in the Rockies, at 10.9 cents. The West Coast had the most expensive diesel in the country at $3.098. In California, the average was even higher, at $3.163. The least expensive diesel in the country was on the Gulf Coast, at $2.832.
For state-by-state diesel prices, updated daily, visit http://www.etrucker.com/apps/promiles/fuelprices.asp.