Fuel prices drop another 3.6 cents to average $2.291 nationwide

| 1/5/2009

Even though gas prices have started inching their way back up around the country, the Energy Information Administration is reporting the national average for diesel is down another 3.6 cents per gallon this past week.

The EIA is reporting on Monday, Jan. 5, that the nationwide average for fuel is $2.291 per gallon, which is down more than $1.08 per gallon from the same week in 2008.

The West Coast region is the only one of the nine regions of the country reporting an increase in fuel prices – up three-tenths of a cent to $2.281, which is still down more than $1.20 per gallon from a year ago. 

The Rocky Mountain region is reporting the lowest average price for diesel – at $2.216 per gallon – while the New England region is still reporting the highest diesel average of all the regions at $2.596 per gallon.

Below are the regional prices reported by the Department of Energy. To see a map of the states in each of the listed regions, click here.

  • East Coast: $2.391
  • New England: $2.596
  • Central Atlantic: $2.505
  • Lower Atlantic: $2.315
  • Midwest: $2.282
  • Gulf Coast: $2.232
  • Rocky Mountain: $2.216
  • West Coast: $2.281
  • California: $2.239