Diesel prices drop slightly during holiday week

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Drivers working through the holiday weekend east of the Rocky Mountains should have seen fuel prices drop slightly, according to this week’s report from the Department of Energy.

The average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel dropped 1.1 cents during the week ending July 6, and the nationwide average price now stands at $2.832.

Prices increased slightly in the Rocky Mountain region and in California, whereas prices dropped in all other regions of the country. Prices increased by nine-tenths of a cent in the Rocky Mountain region and by one-tenth of a cent in California.

The most significant decrease came in the Central Atlantic region, where prices dropped 2.1 cents, followed by a 1.8-cent drop in the Gulf Coast region.

The nation’s most expensive diesel is in California, where the average price is $3.142 per gallon, followed by the Central Atlantic region at $3.073 per gallon.

The cheapest diesel can be found in the Gulf Coast region at $2.712 per gallon, followed by the Midwest region at $2.724 per gallon.

Average diesel prices in other regions are:

•New England – $3.06

•Lower Atlantic – $2.81

•Rocky Mountain – $2.785

•West Coast less California – $2.978

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