National on-highway diesel prices dipped a little, but just barely — just seven-tenths of a penny — to $3.911 a gallon, compared with $3.918 a week ago on New Year’s Eve.
Every little bit helps. But put in perspective, the national average price is up 8.3 cents from this time a year ago, reports the Energy Information Administration of the federal Department of Energy.
In fact, six of the 10 reporting sectors are up from a year ago, with truckers in the Rocky Mountain region paying nearly 15 and a half cents more for a gallon of diesel than they were at this time last year.
At least diesel is slowly inching away from the $4-a-gallon mark for the national average, although four reporting sectors — the East Coast at $4.006; New England at $4.153; Central Atlantic at $4.107 and California at $4.048 — are still hovering above $4.00 a gallon.
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The Gulf Coast reporting sector showed the lowest per-gallon price, $3.837 a gallon, but that was up seven-tenths of a penny from last week’s price of $3.830.
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