Fuel prices tick up for first time since October

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For the first time since mid-October, diesel fuel prices increased across the U.S., albeit by just a tenth of a cent, according to the Department of Energy’s weekly report.

The U.S.’ average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel is now $2.966. The minimal week-over-week change is the second week in a row prices have remained mostly flat and the first time since the week ending Oct. 15 that prices increased by any amount.

Prices decreased in all regions during the week except the Midwest, which saw a 3.3-cent increase in fuel prices. The most significant decrease during the week was seen in the Rocky Mountain region, which fell by 2.8 cents.

California continues to be home to the most expensive diesel prices at $3.711 per gallon, followed by the Central Atlantic region at $3.227 per gallon.

The cheapest fuel can be found in the Gulf Coast region at $2.779 per gallon, followed by the Midwest region at $2.839 per gallon.

Prices in other regions, according to DOE, are:

  • New England – $3.176
  • Lower Atlantic – $2.879
  • Rocky Mountain – $2.883
  • West Coast less California – $3.087

ProMiles’ numbers during the same week saw fuel prices increase by nine-tenths of a cent, bringing its national average to $2.864 per gallon.

According to ProMiles’ Fuel Surcharge Index, the most expensive diesel can be found in California at $3.612 per gallon, and the cheapest can be found in the Gulf Coast region at $2.764 per gallon.