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Gas Price Report: Week of April 22, 2019

After eight weeks of significant increases, the national gas price average jumps just one cent this week.

The national gas price average’s steady climb over the past several weeks is beginning to slow. This week’s average is $2.84, just one cent higher than last Monday. Over the previous eight weeks, weekly jumps ranged from a nickel to more than 20 cents.

“On the week, 30 states saw pump price increases or decreases of three cents or less which helped keep the national average relatively steady, but motorists shouldn’t get their hopes up just yet,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “Gasoline stocks nationwide continue to tighten, measuring below levels compared to the same time in the past three years. While imports are helping and West Coast refinery maintenance is nearly finished for the time being,  it’s too early to know if this is enough to keep state averages from leveling off just yet.”

Today’s national average is 23 cents more expensive than last month, but only eight cents more than a year ago.

National average: $2.84

Local state averages:

CT: $2.90        MA: $2.74       NH: $2.68       NJ: $2.64         NY: $2.85       RI: $2.75

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Historical Context

This week in history: April 25, 1990

The Hubble Space Telescope is placed into orbit by Space Shuttle Discovery.

 National gas price average in 1990: $1.15

Cost to fill a tank (1990/2019)

Mercedes-Benz AMG G‑Class SUV

$30.36/$74.98

Kia Forte

$16.10/$39.76

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid

$13.69/$33.80

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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