Average price of diesel jumps by a nickel

| 4/3/2006

The national average price for diesel rose 5.2 cents for the week ending April 3, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The average price jumped to $2.617 per gallon, the highest price since early November 2005.

The biggest increase was in California, where prices shot up a whopping 8.5 cents to $2.812 per gallon, the highest in the country. That increase left the rest of the West Coast behind, at $2.753 per gallon, though even that price was up 5.5 cents from the previous week.

Prices along the East Coast weren’t much lower. Though the entire region came in at $2.639 per gallon, prices in the New England region spiked to $2.731 per gallon.

The Central Atlantic region wasn’t far behind at $2.727 per gallon, though the Lower Atlantic lived up to its name at $2.593 per gallon.

The Gulf Coast region saw a 5.1-cent increase to $2.579 per gallon, while the Midwest was close behind, with a rise of 5.5 cents to $2.578 per gallon – the lowest in the country.

The Rocky Mountain region saw the smallest increase, rising 2.8 cents to $2.629 cents per gallon.