Diesel price creeps up 2 cents

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The national average retail price of a gallon of diesel crept up 2 cents to $2.868 in the week ending Monday, Aug. 20, almost 17 cents less than in the same week last year.

The average price increased in nearly every region tracked by the U.S. Department of Energy. The biggest increase – almost 4 cents – was in the Gulf Coast. Three regions – the Rocky Mountain, West Coast and New England Regions – saw falling prices, with the West Coast price down more than 2 cents.

The nation’s most expensive diesel was on the West Coast at $2.996 a gallon, while the cheapest was on the Gulf Coast at $2.807. California, which DOE tracks separately, saw an almost 4-cent decrease to $3.016, down from last week’s $3.054.

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