After steadily increasing all spring, diesel prices have been steady so far this summer—although they're holding at the highest level of the year.
The average U.S. retail pump price for diesel slipped 0.3 cents in the July 4 report by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), to $2.423 per gallon. The price has changed less than a penny over the past four weeks.
Regionally, only the Rocky Mountain area posted an increase, up seven-tenths of a penny to $2.436.
The price broke even in the Central Atlantic region ($2.535), but fell 0.6 cents in the Lower Atlantic ($2.372) and 0.9 cents in New England ($2.482).
In California the price fell 0.5 cents to $2.798 per gallon, the highest price in the contiguous 48 states. The West Coast (not including California) was down 0.1 cent to $2.599.
Diesel was down 0.3 cents on Gulf Coast in to $2.282, still the lowest in the country. The price was unchanged in the Midwest, coming in at $2.389.
The national average price for gasoline fell 3.8 cents for the week to $2.291.