Diesel prices jump for second week in a row

| 4/10/2006

The national average price for diesel rose 3.7 cents to $2.654 per gallon for the week ending April 10, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

That’s nearly 34 cents higher than prices for the same week in 2005.

It is also the first time prices have been above $2.60 per gallon for two weeks in a row since November.

The highest average – and the biggest jump – was found in California, where prices shot up 6.9 cents to $2.881 per gallon. The rest of the West Coast was not far off, posting a 5.9-cent increase to $2.812 per gallon.

The Rocky Mountain region also posted a sizeable increase, climbing 5.1 cents to $2.680 per gallon.

The lowest average was along the Gulf Coast, but even prices there jumped 2.2 cents to $2.601 per gallon. The Midwest was a close second, coming in at $2.614 per gallon.

Prices continued to rise along the East Coast as well, with that region posting an average of $2.676 per gallon. Within the region, New England had the highest prices at $2.769 per gallon. The Central Atlantic was right behind at $2.767 per gallon, while the Lower Atlantic came in at $2.629 per gallon.