The U.S. average retail price of regular gasoline rose for the first time in six weeks, increasing almost six cents to reach $3.48 per gallon. The average price is $0.64 per gallon higher than last year at this time. Prices rose in all regions of the country. The Gulf Coast saw the largest increase at eight cents per gallon, which put prices at $3.30 per gallon. The average Midwest gasoline price also increased by almost eight cents per gallon to reach $3.41 per gallon. The East Coast average price increased to $3.45 per gallon, while prices on the West Coast remain the most expensive at $3.79 per gallon. The Rocky Mountains saw the smallest price increase of just over a penny per gallon to $3.53 per gallon.
The national average diesel price increased eight cents to $3.80 per gallon. The diesel price is $0.73 per gallon higher than last year at this time. Diesel averages were up across all the major regions, with the West Coast seeing the largest increase of ten cents per gallon to reach $4.01 per gallon. The Midwest saw the next largest increase at just over eight cents per gallon. The East Coast and Gulf Coast saw almost identical increases around seven-and-a-half cents per gallon to put prices at $3.82 per gallon and $3.73 per gallon, respectively. The Rocky Mountains saw the smallest price increase of almost six cents per gallon to $3.89 per gallon.