Fuel averages $2.045 per gallon nationwide; down $1.77 from a year ago

| 3/9/2009

A year ago this week, truckers were paying nearly $3.82 per gallon at the pump for fuel.

However, on Monday, March 9, the U.S. Energy Information Administration is reporting that fuel prices dipped another 4.2 cents per gallon to average $2.045 per gallon. The price is down more than $1.77 per gallon from this same week in 2008, when fuel averaged $3.819 per gallon.

This marks the eighth straight week fuel prices have dropped by a few pennies. 

All nine regions are again reporting drops in diesel averages. Fuel prices in the Midwest region dropped below the $2-range to average $1.988 per gallon, while the New England region is again reporting the highest fuel prices of all regional averages at $2.434 per gallon.

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

  • East Coast: $2.138
  • New England: $2.434
  • Central Atlantic: $2.296
  • Lower Atlantic: $2.033
  • Midwest: $1.988
  • Gulf Coast: $2.007
  • Rocky Mountain: $2.020
  • West Coast: $2.126
  • California: $2.075