Fort Lauderdale, FL – The price of gas took another stunning surge upward on the week, as the average price of gas shot higher by more than six cents per gallon, according to the latest survey from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The nation’s average gas price has now pushed up nearly 11 cents in two weeks, to over $2.42 per gallon.
Prices increased in every region, with most drivers paying seven to eight cents more per gallon this week than last. Only drivers on the West Coast and in the Rocky Mountain states were spared such harsh increases, which, not coincidentally, helped keep the nation’s average price hike in check this week. Even so, a gallon of gas on Los Angeles still cost two cents more today than last Monday.
Truckers got hit with a price hike in diesel this week, according to the E.I.A. But, diesel prices did not rise nearly as badly as regular gasoline. The average price of diesel still pushed up nearly three-cents to about $2.58 per gallon.
Regional cost averages for both gasoline and diesel are listed below, ranked from highest to lowest price.
Regional Gasoline Averages:
$2.873: PADD 5 WEST COAST (INCL. CA)
$2.639: PADD 5 WEST COAST (W/O CA)
$2.467: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.374: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.361: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.333: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.326: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.318: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.192: PADD 3 GULF COAST
Regional Diesel Averages:
$2.862: PADD 5 WEST COAST
$2.761: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.640: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.639: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.620: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.516: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.515: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.446: PADD 3 GULF COAST
Note: PADD is an acronym for Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts.