Average U.S. retail pump prices for gasoline ticked up slightly this week while diesel prices dropped by a couple of pennies per gallon on average, according to data tracked by the Energy Information Administration (EIA).
The EIA reported that average U.S. retail pump prices for diesel declined 2 cents to $3.849 per gallon this week, though that’s 6.8 cents per gallon higher compared to the same week in 2012. Prices fell in all regions of the country, the agency added, with the biggest drops on the West Coast (down 2.9 cents to $3.87 per gallon) and the Midwest (2.3 cents to $3.877).
California is still home to the highest diesel price in the nation and the only one above the $4 per gallon mark ($4.008 per gallon to be exact) EIA said, with New England ($3.978 per gallon) and the Central Atlantic ($3.907) as the regions with the second and third highest cost for diesel fuel, respectively, in the U.S.
Average U.S. retail pump prices for gasoline, by contrast, ticked up 9/10ths of a penny to $3.655 per gallon this week, which is 8.5 cents per gallon more expensive than the same week in 2012, the agency noted.
Gasoline prices increased in four out of 10 regions across the nation, the agency added: the East Coast (a 7/10ths of a penny jump to $3.491 per gallon); New England (a 7/10ths of a penny jump to $3.589); the Lower Atlantic (up 1.6 cents to $3.427); and the Midwest (up 3 cents to $3.868).
The West Coast is also still home to the most expensive gasoline in the country, according to EIA’s numbers, at $3.878 per gallon this week.