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Gas Price Report: Week of March 18, 2019

Gas prices continue to escalate but national average is just as expensive at the same time last year.

The national gas price average continues to rise, reaching $2.54 this week. That number is 7 cents more expensive than last week and 23 cents more than last month. However, the $2.54 price is the same price consumers paid at this time last year.

“Since early February, gasoline demand has been steadily increasing while stocks have been gradually decreasing, causing more expensive pump prices across the country,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “The good news is most motorists are not paying more than they were a year ago to fill up.”

National average: $2.54

Local state averages:

CT: $2.62        MA: $2.50       NH: $2.43       NJ: $2.60         NY: $2.66       RI: $2.49

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Historical Context

This week in history: March 20, 1930

Harlan Sanders opened his first restaurant in a gas station in Corbin, Ky., called Sanders’ Court & Cafe. It would prove to be the first location of the Kentucky Fried Chicken empire.

National gas price average in 1930: $0.20

Cost to fill a tank (1930/2019)

Nissan Sentra

$2.64/$33.53

Ford Mustang

$3.10/$39.37

Chevrolet Silverado 1500

$4.80/$60.96

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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