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Diesel price climbs for third week

April 18, 2017
Three consecutive weeks of increases have pushed diesel prices to the highest level this year.

Three consecutive weeks of increases have pushed diesel prices to the highest level this year.

The average U.S. retail pump price for diesel rose 1.5 cents to $2.597 in the April 17 update by the Energy Information Administration (EIA). That’s 1.1 cents cheaper than the Jan. 2 report, and 43.2 cents higher than this time last year.

On the East Coast, prices were up 1.1 cents on average, coming in at $2.638 in New England, $2.783 in the Central Atlantic, and $2.522 in the Lower Atlantic.

On the West Coast, less California, diesel registered a 1.9-cent increase to $2.791, while California posted a 1.1-cent bump, to $2.946, the highest price in the lower 48 states.

Diesel was up 1.2 cents in the Rocky Mountains ($2.652), while the price for a gallon in the Midwest rose 2.1 cents ($2.536).

The Gulf Coast saw an increase of a 1.2 cents, to $2.458—the lowest price for a gallon in the country.

The national average price for gasoline was not available at press time dues to technical issues, EIA noted on the website.

About the Author

Kevin Jones | Editor

Kevin has served as editor-in-chief of Trailer/Body Builders magazine since 2017—just the third editor in the magazine’s 60 years. He is also editorial director for Endeavor Business Media’s Commercial Vehicle group, which includes FleetOwner, Bulk Transporter, Refrigerated Transporter, American Trucker, and Fleet Maintenance magazines and websites.

Working from Little Rock, Kevin has covered trucking and manufacturing for 15 years. His writing and commentary about the trucking industry and, previously, business and government, has been recognized with numerous state, regional, and national journalism awards.

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