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Gas Prices Rise for Fifth Consecutive Week

Motorists throughout the country are paying more to fill their tanks as the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report said the national average for regular gas rose 3 cents over the past week to $2.36 and several states saw higher increases.

According to AAA, the national average for regular has increased five weeks in a row for a total of 12 cents, and it is now 23 cents higher than a year ago. Average prices for premium gas and diesel fuel rose 3 cents the past week to $2.88 and $2.52, respectively. Premium is 24 cents higher than a year ago and diesel is 22 cents higher.

Here's a closer look at some state-specific costs this week:

  • Prices jumped by a nickel or more in the Great Lakes states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio, where prices tend to be volatile. Statewide averages for regular also rose by 5 cents in Kansas and Missouri and by 9 cents in Idaho. 

  • Hawaii had the highest statewide average for regular at $3.07, followed by California at $2.96 and Washington at $2.83.

  • South Carolina had the lowest average, $2.09, with Alabama at $2.10 and Mississippi at $2.11.

Oil prices have risen in recent weeks, and AAA cited a report from the Energy Information Administration that gasoline demand in the U.S. hit a weekly record as reasons for the increases at the pump.

However, GasBuddy.com analyst Patrick DeHaan said, "We're unlikely to break out of the well-established rut in the national average that has kept prices between $2.12 and $2.42 for the last 15 months."

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