The national average price for regular gasoline at retail rose 5.2¢ to $1.962/gal. for the week ending March 23. Meanwhile, the national average price of diesel increased for the first time in 10 weeks, jumping 7.3¢ to $2.09/gal.
Gasoline was up in most regions, but the national average price was still $1.297 lower than this week last year. Regions seeing increases for the week were the East Coast, 3.2¢ to $1.939, Midwest 9.7¢ to $1.949, Gulf Coast 6.8¢ to $1.876, and the Rocky Mountains 4.5¢ to $1.864. The West Coast was down by 0.3¢ to $2.131, and California was down 0.8¢ to $2.154/gal.
Though all regions saw increases in diesel price for the week, the national average price was still $1.899/gal. below the year-ago price. For the week, the East Coast was up 7.3¢ to $2.166, the Midwest 7.3¢ to $2.038, the Gulf Coast 8.7¢ to $2.06, the Rocky Mountains 4.8¢ to $2.036, and the West Coast 5.9¢ to $2.15. California was up 8¢ for the week to $2.129.