Diesel prices climbs slightly

| 7/17/2006

In spite of gasoline prices nearing $3 per gallon in many parts of the country, the national average price for diesel remained fairly steady for the week ending July 17, rising less than a penny to $2.926 per gallon.

Not only that, but according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, average prices actually went down in some areas.

California’s average fell 1.6 cents to $3.097 per gallon. That’s the lowest average for that state since April.

The rest of the West Coast also saw a dip, falling nearly a penny to $3.051 per gallon. The Rocky Mountain region also fell slightly to $2.960 per gallon.

The rest of the country, meanwhile, saw upswings in fuel prices.

The Central Atlantic region saw the biggest increase, jumping 2.9 cents to $2.992 per gallon. New England wasn’t far behind, increasing 2.3 cents to $2.970 per gallon. The Lower Atlantic posted a 1.5-cent increase to $2.864 per gallon.

The East Coast overall saw an increase of 1.9 cents to $2.906 per gallon.

The Midwest and the Gulf Coast each rose less than a penny, to $2.927 per gallon and $2.868 per gallon, respectively.