Gas Prices Rise Higher Than a Year Ago

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By Rick Popely

Gas prices continued to rise in most parts of the country the past week, and for the first time since early January the national average for regular unleaded was higher than on the same date a year ago.

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The national average of $3.61 for a gallon of regular gas was 4 cents higher than on April 10, 2013, according to Thursday's AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report, and the highest since early August. That ends a 14-week streak in which pump prices were lower than a year ago.

Pump prices peaked early in 2013, topping out at $3.79 on Feb. 27, so at this time last year prices were on their way down.

Though prices are still rising this year, AAA doesn't expect prices to go as high as they did last year, and the increases could end soon.

"Peak pump prices are likely in sight for many drivers across the country. However, temporary spikes are not out of the question for motorists in a region that might be affected by an unexpected disruption. These sorts of issues have been minimal so far this spring, but the coming weeks will bear watching," AAA said in a news release.

One such disruption has occurred in Texas, where AAA said four refineries are undergoing planned or unplanned maintenance, reducing the supply of gas and causing prices to creep up in the Gulf Coast states. Prices rose 6 cents or more the past week in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi.

The biggest jump the past week was in Ohio, where prices spiked 15 cents for a statewide average of $3.73. Motorists in Kentucky and Alabama saw prices rise 12 cents. In both states, the average has climbed 19 cents during the past two weeks to $3.51 in Alabama and $3.71 in Kentucky.

Whereas in early January some states were flirting with $3-per-gallon averages, the lowest in the land now stands at $3.30 in Montana. Utah was second-lowest at $3.32, followed by New Jersey and South Carolina at $3.38. Recent price fluctuations by state have been uneven. South Carolina's average price for regular unleaded has increased 12 cents during the past two weeks, but New Jersey's hasn't budged.

New Jersey stands in stark contrast to next-door neighbor New York, where the average was unchanged from a week ago at $3.78. New York and nearby Connecticut ($3.79) have ranked among the most expensive states for gas this year, but Illinois moved past both with an 8-cent increase the past week to $3.84. In the city of Chicago, where higher taxes boost prices, the average was $4.20, 12 cents higher than a week ago.

Hawaii had the highest state average at $4.30 a gallon, followed by California, where prices rose 6 cents to $4.07. Motorists were paying an average of $4.11 in San Francisco and $4.15 in Los Angeles.

At the same time gas prices increased in most states, the price of diesel fuel continued to creep lower. The $3.96 national average for diesel on Thursday was a penny lower than a week ago and 2 cents less than a year ago.

Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

By Matt Schmitz | April 11, 2014 | Comments (7)

Comments 

WTF

I'm sure Kelsey M. is very pleased with your picture choice for this post.

Ken L.

Agreed. He looks like a boy who's down-and-out with his yellow Pontiac, which also part of the GM ignition recall :(

LovinTheChange

Don't worry my fellow Mericans President Obama is having his gas Czar look into it. So what if the price of gas has doubled since 2008!

Earl Richards

To avoid the gasoline price rip-off, plug your Tesla S electric car into your household, solar array.

Rich

"...refineries are undergoing planned or unplanned maintainance, reducing the supply of gas and causing prices to creep up..."

And yet US exports of gasoline are at record high levels. It must be worth it to pay for the extra shipping cost to a foreign country. American gasoline consumers must be an afterthought to them.

Dan

This is the deliberate draining of hardworking Americans' pockets!! Have we had enough of this price gouging yet?? I'm sorry, it's NO coincidence that this all started when Obama took office. Get this guy out of office, and find a way to lower these prices back to normal levels. If it was based upon supply and demand, gas prices would be around $1.20 per gallon. This is flat out theft!!!

North

More regulation would help, and NO exporting of US energy supplies to other countries, especially at a time when we are importing 40 percent of the crude oil that's refined.

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