Gas Prices Rise for Second Straight Week
WASHINGTON D.C. --- The U.S. average retail price for regular gasoline gained 2.6 cents to reach 221.1 cents per gallon, rising for the second week in a row. Price changes were mixed, with the West Coast seeing a decrease of 2.4 cents to 223.2 cents per gallon, reported the Energy Department's Energy Information Administration. California prices fell 2.8 cents to 224.9 cents per gallon. The East Coast saw the largest increase of 4.4 cents to 222.5 cents per gallon. New England prices increased 5.8 cents to 222.9 cents per gallon. Retail diesel fuel prices rose 2.6 cents to reach 246.2 cents per gallon, which is 47.8 cents higher than last year. Price changes were up throughout the country, with the East Coast seeing the largest regional increase of 4.1 cents to reach 249.9 cents per gallon. Midwest prices were up 3.4 cents to reach 244.3 cents per gallon. West Coast prices gained only 0.5 cent to reach 250.5 cents per gallon, but California prices gained 5.6 cents to reach 252.1 cents per gallon.