After a whopping 13.1-cent increase six weeks ago, the national average retail price of a gallon of diesel has hovered around the same price since. Even though it sees a 3.1-cent climb to $2.216 this week, the price is still $2.115 less than the same week last year, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
The price saw a modest climb five weeks ago, 0.7 cent, and four weeks ago saw a modest 0.1-cent hike; three weeks ago saw a small 0.8-cent decline, while two weeks ago saw a 2.0-cent drop, and last week saw a 1.6-cent dip.
All regions tracked by DOE saw price increases. The largest increase by region, 4.5 cents, was found on the Gulf Coast, where week-over-week prices climbed to $2.198. The smallest increase by region, 0.8 cent, was found in the Rocky Mountains, where week-over-week prices rose to $2.270.
The nation’s most expensive diesel by region, $2.395, was found in New England, where week-over-week prices climbed 1.3 cents. The nation’s least expensive diesel by region, $2.156, was found in the Midwest, where week-over-week prices rose 3.2 cents.
California, which DOE tracks separately for its weekly update, saw a price increase of 2.1 cent to $2.337; however, that price is $2.210 cheaper than last year. For state-by-state diesel prices, updated daily, click here.
Although diesel prices rose by 3.1 cents, gasoline prices rose 16.1 cents, making gasoline more expensive than diesel on average for the first time since July 30, 2007.