PENNSYLVANIA – Average retail gasoline prices in Pennsylvania have risen 1 cent per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.62 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 3.2 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.44 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 12.9 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 13.6 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 17.6 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 26.7 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.
“Gasoline prices, as expected, continued their rise over the last week,” said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Gregg Laskoski.
“The pace in the increases slowed somewhat versus the week prior, but motorists shouldn’t get excited over the one-week slowdown in the rise in prices. We fully expect that as refineries get into the prime of maintenance season, gasoline prices nationwide will continue to rise, and perhaps at the fastest rate we could see in 2014. We’re starting to see cleaner burning summer gasoline come in to view across the nation, and with lower production as refineries prepare for an increase in demand and for summer spec gasoline, price spikes can occur,” Laskoski 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.