Diesel continues to rise

| 9/11/2001

The weekly retail on-highway diesel prices released by the Energy Department Monday (Sept. 11) show the national average cost of fuel is up slightly from a week ago to $1.492. The average price of diesel has jumped about 15 cents over the past five weeks.

The steepest price increase from last week was in the state of California. Diesel there rose 4.5 cents to $1.67 per gallon. Fuel in the state has skyrocketed about 19 cents over the past month and is the highest in the nation.

The lowest prices nationally are once again found in the Lower Atlantic region. Fuel there increased only slightly to $1.38 per gallon.

Only two areas witnessed fuel price drops. Fuel in the Midwest and Gulf Coast regions dipped to $1.55 and $1.40, respectively.

The remaining regions' price per gallon is as follows: East Coast, $1.42; New England, $1.47; Central Atlantic, $1.50; Rocky Mountain, $1.54; and West Coast, $1.62, respectively.

The Department of Energy reports the average price of self-serve each week. Prices are based on a survey of 350 diesel service centers nationwide and include taxes.