National diesel price average climbs 2.6 cents, to $2.904

National diesel price average climbs 2.6 cents, to $2.904

For the fifth week in a row, the average retail pump price for diesel has climbed, according to data tracked by the Energy Information Administration (EIA).

Diesel across the U.S. came in at $2.904 per gallon for the week ending May 18, up 2.6 cents—but that’s still $1.03 per gallon lower compared to this time a year ago. And the weekly increases have been modest: The price has risen just 15 cents over those five weeks.

But once again prices have increased in every region of the country, led by the Midwest region, up 4.3 cents to $2.791 and the Rocky Mountain, up 4.1 cents to $2.813.  Diesel was up just 1.8 cents in California, but that increase brought the average price there to $3.268, the highest in the country. The Central Atlantic region posted a price of $3.158, up 0.7 cents.

The lowest diesel prices remain the in Midwest and on the Gulf Coast at $2.792 (up 2.2 cents).

 

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