Diesel prices rose 1.7 cents during the week ended Monday, Dec. 20, according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration. The national average price is now $3.248, which is nearly 30 cents higher than the level at the end of September when prices began to surge. Diesel prices are 52.2 cents higher than they were during the same week last year and are at their highest level since late October 2008.
Prices rose in all regions. The largest jump was in the Midwest, where the average price rose 2.4 cents. The next-largest increase was in the Gulf Coast, which nevertheless still has the lowest average prices in the nation. New England, which had been leading the recent surge in prices, had the smallest increase at 0.2 cents. California prices were highest on average at $3.407.
Complete diesel price information for the week ended Dec. 20 is available on the EIA’s website.