Fort Lauderdale, FL – The price of gas continues to move higher nationwide, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, as prices pushed upward nearly three cents again this week. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is now over $2.26. In all, prices nationwide have surged 11¢ higher since Thanksgiving.
The E.I.A.’s weekly price survey of the nation’s petroleum defense districts shows prices went up in all regions this week, unlike last week. Prices in the Lower Atlantic and Gulf Coast states each went up 4.5¢ per gallon, or a nickel, in more practical terms. In a rare shift of rank, the Central Atlantic states have, technically, higher prices for gas than the West Coast of the U.S., provided California is removed from the formula.
The cost of diesel pushed upward again this week, too, according to the E.I.A. The national average cost of diesel went up just over a three cents per gallon and now stands at $2.53.
Regional cost averages for both gasoline and diesel are listed below, ranked from highest to lowest price.
Regional Gasoline Averages:
$2.563: PADD 5 WEST COAST (INCL. CA)
$2.378: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.377 PADD 5 WEST COAST (W/O CA)
$2.290: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.281: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.226: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.192: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.135: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.053: PADD 3 GULF COAST
Regional Diesel Averages:
$2.788: PADD 5 WEST COAST
$2.667: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.587: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.559: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.495: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.479: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.470: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.410: PADD 3 GULF COAST
Note: PADD is an acronym for Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts.