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Gas Price Report: Week of July 15, 2019

Gas prices continue to climb but remain less expensive than at the same time last year.

The national gas price average went up for cents on the week to reach $2.79. That’s an eight-cents increase since the beginning of July. Since last Monday, 18 states have seen their gas price averages increase by at least a nickel. Gas prices have increased amid more expensive crude oil prices, robust demand and decreasing gasoline stocks.

“Gas prices continue to increase for the majority of motorists east of the Mississippi,  while those filling up in the West Coast and Rockies regions are seeing a bit of a reprieve at the pump,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “While the national average is up, only seven states have gas price averages of $3/gallon or more. And notably, compared to the same time last year, the average is still eight cents cheaper.”

National average: $2.79

Local state averages:

CT: $2.90        MA: $2.76       NH: $2.65       NJ: $2.83         NY: $2.89       RI: $2.76

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Historical Context

This week in history: July 15, 2006

San Francisco-based podcasting company Odeo officially releases Twttr – later changed to Twitter –its short messaging service (SMS) for groups, to the public. Over the next few years, the service would explode in popularity, becoming one of the world’s leading social networking platforms.

National gas price average in 2006: $2.59

Cost to fill a tank (2006/2019) 2.79

Ford Expedition

$60.35/$65.01

Audi A5

$39.63/$42.69

Honda Fit

$27.45/$29.57

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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