Average U.S. diesel price up 4.3 cents per gallon

| Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel in the U.S. rose 4.3 cents for the week ending Monday, May 25, 2009.

The average price for the week was $2.274 per gallon, up from the previous week’s average of $2.231, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Topping the EIA’s price list for the week was the Central Atlantic region with a $2.410 average price per gallon, followed closely by the New England region at $2.409 after a slight gain.

The week’s cheapest average by region was the Midwest with a price of $2.229, despite a gain of nearly 6 cents from the previous week.

Each of the EIA’s eight regions, including California, saw increases ranging from less than 1 cent to nearly 6 cents.

The Lower Atlantic saw an increase of 3.8 cents to average $2.251 per gallon while the East Coast region averaged $2.305 after an increase of 3 cents.

The Gulf Coast averaged $2.242 following an increase of 3.2 cents whereas the Rocky Mountain region averaged a similar gain to $2.302 per gallon.

California diesel averaged $2.407 per gallon, an increase of 5.3 cents, while the West Coast averaged $2.384, up 4.4 cents from the previous week.

At the current national average, truckers would pay about $455 for 200 gallons, considerably cheaper than the $944 fill-up of a year ago.

– By David Tanner staff writer