National average inches up 2.3 cents to $2.314 for fuel

| 1/12/2009

After experiencing record-high fuel prices set back in July of 2008, truckers had been breathing a little easier at the pumps as they watched fuel prices drop down to 2005 prices.

However, the Energy Information Administration is reporting on Monday, Jan. 12, that the national average price for diesel is inching its way back up – increasing 2.3 cents per gallon to average $2.314 per gallon. The average is still down more than $1 per gallon for diesel from the same week in 2008.

All nine regions of the country are reporting increases in diesel averages this past week. A week ago the West Coast was the only region to report an increase.

The California region, which has been reporting one of the lowest averages for fuel, is now reporting the highest price jump of 9.5 cents to average $2.334 per gallon. The Gulf Coast is reporting the smallest increase of all the regions at 1.4 cents per gallon to an average of $2.246 per gallon.

The Rocky Mountain region is reporting the lowest average price for fuel – at $2.236 per gallon, while the New England region is again reporting the highest average price for fuel at $2.621 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: $2.407
  • New England: $2.621
  • Central Atlantic: $2.522
  • Lower Atlantic: $2.331
  • Midwest: $2.304
  • Gulf Coast: $2.246
  • Rocky Mountain: $2.236
  • West Coast: $2.359
  • California: $2.334