The cost of diesel has risen for the sixth consecutive week, albeit ever so slightly.
That average U.S. retail pump price for diesel ticked upward two-tenths of a penny in the March 28 report by the Energy Information Administration (EIA), to $2.121 per gallon. The price is about 14.1 cents since mid-February, but it’s still about $0.70 per gallon cheaper than this time last year and continues to hover at a level last seen seven years ago.
Prices were up in every region of the country except the Midwest (-1.3 cents, $2.077) and the West Coast less California (-0.2 cents, $2.177).
California registered a 0.7 cent bump to $2.425, still the highest price in the contiguous 48 states. Also out West, a gallon of diesel was up 3.8 cents ($2.094) in the Rocky Mountain region.
In New England diesel was up 1.3 cents to $2.241 while the Central Atlantic region posted a 1.2 cent increase to $2.292 and the Lower Atlantic was up 0.2 cents, $2.81.
The price for diesel on in the Gulf Coast region was up 1 cent to $2.001, still the lowest in the country but now back above the $2 mark.