After setting record highs for two consecutive weeks, the national average retail price of a gallon of diesel fell 4.6 cents for the week ending Monday, July 21.
Still, the $4.718 price is $1.829 higher than the same week last year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. The average U.S. price now has been above $4 for 15 weeks.
Every region tracked by DOE saw price declines. The largest retreat, 6.4 cents, was found on the West Coast, where week-over-week prices fell to $4.845. The smallest decline, 0.4 cent, was found in the Rocky Mountains, where week-over-week prices fell to $4.714.
The most expensive diesel by region, $4.869, was found in both New England (down 2.0 cents) and the Central Atlantic (down 4.3 cents). The least expensive diesel by region, $4.649, was found in the Midwest, where week-over-week prices fell 4.9 cents.
California, which DOE tracks separately, declined 6.2 cents and fell below $5 after surpassing that mark for two weeks; the state still recorded the nation’s highest diesel price, $4.964. California first passed the $5 mark eight weeks ago, hitting $5.027 for two weeks before retreating.
For state-by-state diesel prices, updated daily, click here.