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Gas Prices at Highest Point in 2009

WASHINGTON -- U.S. drivers are paying the most at the pump for gas so far this year, as the average cost per gallon rose to $2.06 a gallon, according to a Reuters report.

The price for regular unleaded rose 0.8 cent to its peak in five months, but it is still $1.45 lower than this time last year, according to the Department of Energy's weekly survey of service stations.

Gasoline prices are expected to rise 20 cents this summer, to an average of $2.23 a gallon for the driving season, according to the forecast. Last year, prices hit a record $4.11 in July; the average summer pump price was $3.81 a gallon.

The weak economy is expected to dampen fuel use while there will be strong gasoline inventories, Reuters reported.

The West Coast had the highest-priced gasoline at $2.28 a gallon. Los Angeles drivers paid $2.34 last week.

Gulf Coast states had the least costly price at $1.97 a gallon. Houston had the cheapest city retail at $1.94 per gallon.

Gasoline prices were up 1.5 cents to $2.32 in San Francisco; up 0.7 cents to $2.30 in Seattle; down 1.1 cents to $2.16 in Miami; up 2.5 cents to $2.03 in New York; and up 3.9 cents at $2 in Boston.
The average price for diesel fuel fell nearly one cent to $2.22 a gallon, down $1.92 from a year ago, and the first decline in five weeks.

New England states had the most expensive diesel at $2.40 a gallon. The Midwest region had the cheapest diesel fuel at $2.17.

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