Gas Price Report For March 19, 2018

Gas price trend for week of March 19, 2018

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The cost of the nation’s fuel supply spiked during the past week, driven by intense price hikes across three key regions, according to this week’s fuel price survey from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded shot up by nearly four cents, settling at just under $2.60.

Prices shot significantly higher across the Lower Atlantic, the Midwest and the West Coast, according to the E.I.A. The survey report shows each region endured average price increases between five and six cents per gallon. Most other regions had price hikes of between two and four cents per gallon. Only the Central Atlantic states were spared a price increase, according to the survey report.

The news was much better for truckers, although prices were mostly flat in most regions. In fact, the U.S. average cost for diesel remained flat on the week, declining just about four-tenths of a penny per gallon. That was enough to shift the national average from $2.98 to $2.97, but the move is more academic than practical for most drivers. Still, haulers operating across the Central Atlantic enjoyed a fair dip in prices this week, according to the E.I.A.

Fuel prices for all regions are shown below, as gathered from

E.I.A. Gas Price Survey

03/05/18 03/12/18 03/19/18 week ago year ago
U.S. 2.560 2.559 2.598 values are up 0.039 values are up 0.277
East Coast (PADD1) 2.534 2.509 2.536 values are up 0.027 values are up 0.270
  New England (PADD1A) 2.565 2.554 2.556 values are up 0.002 values are up 0.295
  Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 2.647 2.630 2.628 values are down -0.002 values are up 0.248
  Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.440 2.404 2.462 values are up 0.058 values are up 0.279
Midwest (PADD2) 2.428 2.439 2.495 values are up 0.056 values are up 0.274
Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.278 2.274 2.304 values are up 0.030 values are up 0.232
Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 2.437 2.423 2.443 values are up 0.020 values are up 0.139
West Coast (PADD5) 3.141 3.170 3.215 values are up 0.045 values are up 0.366
  West Coast less California 2.770 2.787 2.842 values are up 0.055 values are up 0.256

E.I.A. Diesel Price Survey

03/05/18 03/12/18 03/19/18 week ago year ago
U.S. 2.992 2.976 2.972 values are down -0.004 values are up 0.433
East Coast (PADD1) 3.046 3.024 3.009 values are down -0.015 values are up 0.409
  New England (PADD1A) 3.126 3.107 3.101 values are down -0.006 values are up 0.479
  Central Atlantic (PADD1B) 3.240 3.221 3.200 values are down -0.021 values are up 0.462
  Lower Atlantic (PADD1C) 2.894 2.871 2.858 values are down -0.013 values are up 0.360
Midwest (PADD2) 2.920 2.899 2.898 values are down -0.001 values are up 0.434
Gulf Coast (PADD3) 2.793 2.782 2.786 values are up 0.004 values are up 0.406
Rocky Mountain (PADD4) 2.910 2.903 2.925 values are up 0.022 values are up 0.335
West Coast (PADD5) 3.392 3.386 3.384 values are down -0.002 values are up 0.558
  West Coast less California 3.064 3.052 3.060 values are up 0.008 values are up 0.358
  California 3.652 3.652 3.641 values are down -0.011 values are up 0.713

*PADD stands for Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts. Charts from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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