According to weekly figures released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the highest average price, $3.124, was reported on the West Coast, led by California at $3.183. The East Coast, including the New England and Central Atlantic regions, also reported prices of $3 or more. The lowest average prices were seen in the Gulf Coast region at $2.947.
The amount of this week's increase varied from 1.8 cents in the New Egnland region to 7.2 cents in the Lower Atlantic.
Crude oil prices closed at $81.48 a barrel Monday on the New York Mercantile Exchange.