Gas prices jump 5 cents

Prices at the pump take a jump

Average retail gasoline prices in Pennsylvania have risen 3.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.55/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,269 gas outlets in Pennsylvania. "Steady declines in crude supplies have pushed oil prices about $10 per barrel higher than a year ago, making it more expensive to produce gasoline".

The price motorists are paying for a gallon of gas in Virginia is up six cents from a week ago.

This morning, Springfieldians could purchase gas for as low as $2.03 per gallon at a handful of filling stations. While we don't have the lowest prices in the Benton Harbor and St. Joseph area, the average has fallen almost 11¢ from a week ago to $2.39.

GasBuddy's live ticking average indicated that gas prices across the nation cooled off by Monday afternoon.

Prices Sunday were 14.7 cents per gallon higher in Las Vegas than the same time past year and were 2.7 centers per gallon lower than a month ago.

Officials attribute the rising prices to demand, which peaks in the summer. In nearby San Bernardino, the average cost of fuel was $2.86 per gallon and in Riverside, it was $2.91 per gallon. Both the Miami and Pensacola markets saw an average of $2.31 per gallon. Americans are driving more miles, increasing demand at the pump, and USA oil prices recently returned to the $50-per-barrel mark. Nationally, the highest average was $2.42 per gallon back in April while the lowest was $2.23 per gallon at the start of July.

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