National diesel price climbs 3.7 cents

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The national average retail price of a gallon of diesel climbed another 3.7 cents during the week ending Monday, April 16, to $2.877, or 11.2 cents higher than in the same week of 2006. The price per gallon has increased 20 cents in the past three weeks, and 30 cents since New Year’s Day.

The price increased in every region tracked by the U.S. Department of Energy. The biggest increase was in the Lower Atlantic region at 5.6 cents, the smallest in the Midwest at 2.9 cents.

The nation’s most expensive diesel was in the Rocky Mountain region at $2.981 and on the West Coast at $2.956; California, which DOE tracks separately, averaged $3.015. The nation’s cheapest diesel was on the Gulf Coast at $2.849.

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