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Gas Price Report: Week of April 15, 2019

Gas prices across the country continue to rise as the national average jumps 10 cents since last week.

The national gas price average jumped 10 cents in just one week to reach $2.83. The average price has risen steadily since February but this latest spike propelled by increases as high as 20 cents across West coast states. As stocks tighten out West due to unplanned and planned maintenance, California’s average jumped to $4.00, the most expensive state average this week and a price point not seen in the state since July 2014. This week’s national average is 30 cents more than last month and 12 cents more than a year ago.

“We are seeing very expensive gas prices for this time of year across the country,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “Motorists are seeing prices increase as gasoline stocks decreased substantially by 7.7 million bbl amid summer-like demand readings.”

National average: $2.83

Local state averages:

CT: $2.81        MA: $2.66       NH: $2.60       NJ: $2.78         NY: $2.83       RI: $2.66

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Historical Context

This week in history: April 17, 2011

The television show “Game of Thrones,” based on the fantasy novels by George R.R. Martin, premieres.

National gas price average in 2011: $3.53

Cost to fill a tank (2011/2019) 

Jeep Grand Cherokee

$86.84/$69.62

Buick Regal TourX

$57.54/$46.13

Chevrolet Spark

$31.77/$25.47

Motorists can find current gas prices along their route with the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. The app can also be used to map a route, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance. Learn more at AAA.com/Mobile.

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