DETROIT -- The average price for a gallon of diesel fuel in the United States hit a high of $2.39 on Friday as pump prices rose in advance of the holiday weekend.
The average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline stood at $2.23 on Friday, according to AAA of Hawthorne, Fla. That was up 2 cents from three days ago, and 33 cents more than the average price a year ago.
One year ago, drivers of diesel-powered vehicles were paying an average of $1.78 for a gallon of fuel.
According to AAA's survey, the highest price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline was $2.28, set on April 11. AAA surveys more than 60,000 self-serve gasoline stations daily and reports its findings on www.fuelgaugereport.com.
Big relief at the pump is not likely. The price of crude oil has retreated from its high of $60 a barrel earlier this week. But Friday's price of $56.95 for a barrel of crude oil for future delivery will keep pump prices in the $2.20 range.
The volunteer spotters at GasPriceWatch.com report that the price of unleaded gasoline has climbed above $3 a gallon on the West Coast. A gasoline station in El Portal, Calif., is reportedly charging $3.05 a gallon.
At the other end of the spectrum, a station in Oklahoma City is selling gasoline for $1.95 a gallon, the lowest price reported by the spotters. GasPriceWatch.com uses volunteer spotters to report more than 55,000 prices.
|National Unleaded Average|
|Month Ago Avg.||$2.10||$2.23||$2.31||$2.25|
|Year Ago Avg.||$1.90||$2.02||$2.09||$1.78|
|*Prices are in US dollars per gallon|
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