Diesel prices hold steady

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The national average retail price of a gallon of diesel remained relatively stable for the week ending Monday, May 8, rising only a tenth of a cent to $2.897. This jump, however small, marks the sixth straight week of increasing prices. The national diesel average is up 67 cents compared to the same week in 2005.

The average price actually dropped by about a cent in most regions surveyed by the U.S. Department of Energy. The notable exceptions were the Rocky Mountains and the West Coast, where prices rose by 4.2 cents and 8.2 cents, respectively. At $3.10 a gallon, the West Coast had the most expensive diesel fuel in the country. The lowest average was in the Gulf Coast region, at $2.814.

For state-by-state diesel prices, updated daily, click here.