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Gas Price Report: Week of April 29, 2019

The national gas price average reaches a new high for 2019 as it pushes toward $3.00 per gallon.

This week’s national gas price average jumped 4 cents to set a new high for the year at $2.88. This price is only 7 cents more expensive than one year ago, but it is nearly 20 cents higher than a month ago and 63 cents higher than at the start of the year.

“Compared to the beginning of this year, motorists have definitely felt an increasing squeeze on their wallets at the pump,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “These increases mean Americans are having to work more to afford to fill up their gas tanks. AAA found that Americans must work 22% longer than at the start of the year to buy one gallon of unleaded gasoline – that’s 7.3 minutes compared to 5.76 minutes in January.”

In the Northeast, Rhode Island (+10 cents), Massachusetts (+9 cents), New Jersey (+8 cents) and Connecticut (+8 cents) were all among the top 10 states in largest weekly increases. With 17 states within a dime of or already at $3/gallon or more, Americans can likely expect the national average to surpass 2018’s high of $2.97 set during Memorial Day weekend, Casselano said.

National average: $2.88

Local state averages:

CT: $2.99        MA: $2.83       NH: $2.76       NJ: $2.94         NY: $2.96       RI: $2.85

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Historical Context

This week in history: April 30, 1993

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National gas price average in 1993: $1.11

Cost to fill a tank (1993/2019)

Land Rover Discovery

$26.09/$67.68

Ford Flex

$20.65/$53.57

Kia Rio

$13.21/$34.27

Motorists can find current gas prices along their route with the free AAA Auto Club 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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