Arizona, AZ, October 8- Gasoline prices in Arizona have risen 0.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.96/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,269 stations in Arizona. This compares with the national average that has increased 2.2 cents per gallon versus last week to $2.91/g, according to GasBuddy.
Average gasoline prices on October 8 in Arizona have ranged widely over the last five years:
$2.44/g in 2017, $2.14/g in 2016, $2.28/g in 2015, $3.22/g in 2014 and $3.26/g in 2013.
Including the change locally during the past week, prices yesterday were 51.8 cents per gallon higher than a year ago and are 5.6 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 6.0 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 43.7 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.
Areas near Arizona and their current gas price climate:
Las Vegas- $3.20/g, up 4.3 cents per gallon from last week's $3.15/g.
Phoenix- $2.90/g, up 2.5 cents per gallon from last week's $2.88/g.
Tucson- $2.63/g, up 1 cent per gallon from last week's $2.62/g.
"The national average gas price has broken out of a well-established rut, climbing above $2.90 per gallon for the first time since mid-June on rising oil prices ahead of the reinstatement of sanctions against Iran and OPEC failing to pump enough oil to meet robust demand," said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. "We may see prices continue to lift ahead of the mid-terms, however completely unrelated to the elections, but due to constant threats from an improving economy: higher demand and lower supply is tipping the balance of the oil market and pushing prices higher. We may even soon see $3 per gallon nationally, which would be the first time since October 2014, if oil prices continue to rise. I, along with motorists, will be eagerly awaiting any relief at the pump, but don't hold your breath- it may get worse before it gets better."
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