Fort Lauderdale, FL – The price of gas did an about-face this week, after three weeks of declines, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, which reports the average national price for regular unleaded shot upward over five cents per gallon in the past seven days. The national average is now nearly $2.21 per gallon, up from about $2.15 just a week ago. Several regions had prices lurch upward as much as eight cents per gallon. In an unusual trend, California, and the broader West Coast, enjoyed a decline in gas prices.
The cost of diesel jumped this week, as well, according to the E.I.A. The E.I.A. reports the national average cost of diesel surged six cents per gallon and now stands at $2.48.
Regional cost averages for both gasoline and diesel are listed below, ranked from highest to lowest price.
Regional Gasoline Averages:
$2.571: PADD 5 WEST COAST (INCL. CA)
$2.380: PADD 5 WEST COAST (W/O CA)
$2.340: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.236: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.231: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.147: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.120: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.107: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$1.979: PADD 3 GULF COAST
Regional Diesel Averages:
$2.770: PADD 5 WEST COAST
$2.602: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.526: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.457: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.499: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.415: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.431: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.361: PADD 3 GULF COAST
Note: PADD is an acronym for Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts.