The national gas price average has increased 44-cents since New Year’s Day, landing today’s average at $2.69. While that is seven-cents more expensive than last week and 27-cents more than last month, it is only four cents more expensive than last year.
“Three months ago motorists could find gas for less than $2.50 at 78 percent of gas stations. Today, you can only find gas for that price at one-third of stations, which is likely giving sticker shock to motorists across the country,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “Gasoline stocks have been steadily decreasing since early February causing spikes at the pump that are likely to continue for the coming weeks.”
On the week, 26 states saw gas prices increase a nickel or more with states in the West Coast, Great Lakes and Central region seeing the largest jumps. Despite the latest weekly increases, nearly two dozen states still have cheaper year-over-year averages.
Florida led the nation in the week’s price increase having jumped 13 cents over last week bringing the average price for a gallon of regular gas to $2.74.
You can read more about on this page, and you can check out the metro area prices on this page. For those of you living in the West Palm/Boca area, you’re paying top dollar in Florida at $2.85 a gallon. Floridians in the Pensecola area get off cheap at $2.61 a gallon.