Fuel prices rise for the third week in a row

| 2/6/2006

The national average price of fuel rose slightly for the week ending Feb. 6, marking the third week of increases in a row, according to the Energy Information Administration.

The national average came in at $2.499 per gallon for the week, up from $2.489 per gallon from the previous week.

The biggest increase was in the Rocky Mountain region, which saw a jump of 2.9 cents to $2.503 per gallon. That marked the first time that region has climbed to the $2.50 mark since November 2005.

The highest prices, meanwhile, were found in California, where prices rose less than a penny to $2.739 per gallon. The rest of the West Coast, by contrast, posted an average of $2.645 per gallon. This was up only slightly from the week before.

The lowest prices were found in the Midwest, where the average rose 1.4 cents to $2.445 per gallon. The Gulf Coast region wasn’t far behind at $2.463 per gallon.

The Lower Atlantic had the lowest prices along the East Coast, coming in at $2.490 per gallon. The Central Atlantic, though posting no change from the week before, was still higher at $2.618 per gallon. New England posted the only decrease for the week, dropping slightly to $2.659 per gallon.

The East Coast as a whole rose less than a penny for the week, coming in at an average of $2.536 per gallon.