Gas prices higher than previous year as holiday season approaches

Arizona Gas Prices Remain Stable

Local prices for a gallon of gas topped out at $2.89 a gallon Monday, almost a dime more than the state average of $2.80, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 5,269 gas outlets in Pennsylvania. The Massachusetts price has risen 41 cents since this time past year, when it was averaging $2.12 per gallon.

Rising fuel prices could also result in airlines cutting back on plans to increase flying next year, which could tighten the supply of airline seats and drive up airfares.

States with the lowest average gas prices: MS ($2.26), Alabama ($2.26), SC ($2.29), Arkansas ($2.31), Louisiana ($2.31), Texas ($2.31), Tennessee ($2.31), Virginia ($2.34), Missouri ($2.35) and Oklahoma ($2.35).

Usually oil and gas prices are in steady decline this time of year. A couple of stations in the Peachtree Corners and Norcross area sold gas for $2.25 per gallon. National prices were steadier at $2.56 per gallon, up just 3 cents from last week.

Ohio's gas prices were down 7.6 cents since last week's average.

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Isn't it interesting that gas prices never fall that fast following steep oil-price declines?

"Our usual autumn pump price plunge was interrupted by rising oil prices", AAA spokesperson Mark Jenkins said in a release. "Fortunately, oil prices let off the throttle last week, allowing gas prices to find what appears to be solid ground". However, motorists should expect gas prices to linger at their current levels this week.

"Increasing crude oil prices nearly always lead to higher prices at the pump", Jenkins added. Average Florida prices did, however, hold steady over the weekend, AAA said.

Gasoline prices on the rise across Florida and Jacksonville in the past week may have reached a peak, according to the American Automobile Association. Both Oklahoma and Missouri rank in the top ten in cheapest gas prices.

The lowest prices this year came during the normally expensive summer, while the highest have occurred this fall and after Hurricane Harvey struck, DeHaan said.

In Gwinnett, the lowest gas prices that could be found on GasBuddy.com were in the $2.19 to $2.23 range in the Lawrenceville area.

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