National Gas Price Average Increases

The average price for gas has increased 3.5 cents in the central Pa. area in the past week

The average price for gas has increased 3.5 cents in the central Pa. area in the past week

Gas prices spiked by 18 cents in Southwest Florida early last week before finally plateauing over the weekend.

Across the country, the largest changes in average gas prices by state: in (-10 cents), Florida (+8 cents), MI (+7 cents), OH (-7 cents), IL (-7 cents), OR (+6 cents), Nebraska (+6 cents), Iowa (+5 cents), Georgia (+5 cents) and Texas (+5 cents). "As Kansans prepare to travel for Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family, they will need to budget a bit more for gas this year". Gas prices in Florida have risen an average of 13 cents in the last week - the highest such increase in the nation. And, even though average prices did hold compared to last week, a majority (6) of the 10 Kansas cities AAA regularly highlights did see increases, including Manhattan, which, at three cents, tied for the second largest jump. A Mobil at the intersection of Lake Worth Road and South Military Trail had that county's lowest retail price - $2.39.

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Senior Petroleum Analyst Dan McTeague anticipates gas prices will come down a few more cents, but not as much as some might expect.

Gas prices at Iowa service stations have risen by as much as a dime a gallon in recent weeks.

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"Our usual autumn pump price plunge was interrupted by rising oil prices,"Jenkins said". The lowest price for a gallon of gas in Jacksonville Monday was found at Norman's Food Store at Post Street and King Street where it was selling for $2.33.

Last Monday, crude oil hit a two-year high, buoyed by lower USA inventory and production, and concerns over the stability Saudi Arabia. "Fortunately, domestic oil supply and production made solid gains. If that becomes a trend, oil prices could drift lower and take gasoline prices with them", he said.

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