Diesel prices continued their upward trek Monday, with the national on-highway average ringing up 2.3 cents higher at $2.996, right on the cusp of the $3-a-gallon mark.
Last week the national average was $2.973 a gallon, the U.S. Energy Department’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported.
The last time the national average was $3 a gallon or more was January 12, 2015, when it was $3.053.
Before it went up, though, it had to go down, reaching a low of $1.98 a gallon on February 15, 2016.
Of the EIA’s 10 reporting regions, only the Rocky Mountain region Monday saw diesel slide, and there it decreased only 7 tenths of a penny to $2.974 a gallon compared with $2.981 on January 1.
Some regions saw hefty price hikes: New England truckers were paying 6.7 cents a gallon more Monday at $3.077 a gallon while haulers in the Central Atlantic region were paying 5.8 cents more a gallon ($3.209) and truckers in California were paying 4.8 cents more a gallon at $3.638.
Meanwhile, benchmark U.S. crude rose 29 cents to settle at $61.73 per barrel and Brent crude, the international standard, gained 16 cents to settle at $67.78 per barrel, The Associated Press reported.
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