PENNSYLVANIA – Average retail gasoline prices in Pennsylvania have risen 2.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.45 per gallon yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 5,269 gas outlets in Pennsylvania.
This compares with the national average that has increased 4.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.29 per gallon, according to gasoline price Web site GasBuddy.com.
Including the change in gas prices in Pennsylvania during the past week, prices yesterday were 1.9 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 5.6 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 4.0 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 2.2 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.
“The sub $3 per gallon gas was great while it lasted, but unfortunately it has nearly completely dried up,” said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan.
“As of late Sunday night, zero states were seeing their averages under $3 per gallon. As the New Year rolls in, this is a type of trend that we’re used to seeing.”
“The bottom is behind us and prices generally begin the New Year on a higher note, like they will again this year. The trend won’t last forever though, as January and February feature generally weak demand that should limit increases and keep prices relatively moderate for the next month or two,” DeHaan said.
GasBuddy operates PennsylvaniaGasPrices.com and more than 250 similar Web sites that track gasoline prices at more than 140,000 gasoline stations in the United States and Canada. In addition, GasBuddy offers a free smartphone app, which has been downloaded more than 25 million times to help motorists find the lowest gasoline prices in their area.