Diesel prices jump after leveling off

| 3/20/2006

The national average price for diesel jumped 3.8 cents for the week ending March 20, after having leveled off somewhat the previous week, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The average rose to $2.581 per gallon, its highest level since November 2005.

The biggest increase was found in the Gulf Coast region, where prices rose 5.5 cents to $2.552 per gallon.

The Lower Atlantic saw a similar increase, rising 5.1 cents to $2.558 per gallon. The Central Atlantic increased to $2.697 per gallon, while New England hit $2.702 per gallon.

The East Coast as a whole jumped 3.9 cents to $2.606 per gallon.

The highest average price of $2.738 was found in California. The rest of the West Coast wasn’t far behind at $2.716 per gallon. Oddly enough, both of those regions saw price dips of less than a penny for the week.

Meanwhile, the Rocky Mountain and Midwest regions also saw significant increases, rising 4.2 cents to $2.608 and $2.533 per gallon, respectively.