National average diesel fuel prices dipped again for a fifth consecutive week, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, landing at an average $2.772 per gallon. That’s down only $0.003 from last week, but still 25.7 cents higher than truckers paid during this week last year.
New England truckers paid higher prices this week as fuel climbed half a penny to an average $2.874, which was 2.5 cents higher than in 2008. The Gulf Coast and Lower Atlantic regions both saw slight increases, up $0.002 from last week, for a gallon price of $2.726 and $2.740 respectively. Despite the uptick, both regions remained the cheapest places to get trucking fuel.
All other areas saw mild decreases in price, with the Rocky Mountain region dropping the greatest amount. Diesel there was down 1.1 cent from last week, still up more than 35 cents from a year ago.
California remained the high roller, with averages of $2.942 after the $0.006 drop. Diesel prices in the Golden State remained 54 cents more than last year.