National diesel price average climbs for first time since October

| 12/12/2005

The national average cost of diesel increased for the week ending Dec. 12, ending a six-week drop that began in October.

According to the Energy Information Administration, the national average price for the week was $2.436 per gallon for the week, up less than a penny from the week before.

The Lower Atlantic region saw the biggest increase, jumping 3.9 cents to $2.393 per gallon. The Central Atlantic region also saw a slight increase, rising to $2.577 per gallon, while New England rose less than a penny to $2.598 per gallon.

The East Coast as a whole saw a 2-cent increase to $2.458 per gallon.

The Midwest saw prices rise 1 penny up to $2.409 per gallon, while the Gulf Coast jumped more than a penny to $2.429 per gallon.

Not every area saw an increase, however.

The Rocky Mountain region actually fell 7 cents to $2.401 per gallon, while California fell nearly 2 cents to $2.465 per gallon.

Overall, the West Coast region prices fell 3.8 cents to $2.50 per gallon.