Diesel up another penny after passing $3

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The national average price of a gallon of diesel increased 1 cent for the week ending Monday, Aug. 14, after a 7.5-cent jump during the previous week. The average price was $3.065, almost 50 cents more than in the same week of 2005, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Once again, the Rocky Mountains saw a huge increase, jumping by 10 cents from $3.208 to $3.311 per gallon. Drivers in that region currently are paying the most for diesel. California and the West Coast also saw dramatic increases, with prices of $3.220 and $3.218, respectively. Last week, Californians were paying $3.130 per gallon, and the West Coast was at $3.113 per gallon.

Other regions had better luck, as prices went down in the East Coast, Lower Atlantic, Midwest and Gulf Coast. The Lower Atlantic and Gulf Coast remain the only two regions where diesel is still below the $3 mark; drivers there are paying $2.964 and $2.974, respectively.

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