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Gas Prices Up Statewide, Nationally


Gas statewide is up two cents a gallon from last Monday. AAA of Western and Central New York reports the New York State average is $3.34 a gallon, while the national average is up a nickel to $3.40 a gallon.

More expensive crude oil is a likely culprit of this national increase, as crude accounts for nearly 60% of the price drivers see at the pump. The cost for a barrel of oil is hovering around $80, about $10 more per barrel than a few months ago.

Daylight Saving Time took place on Sunday, meaning spring is nearly here and with it comes longer days, better weather, and more opportunities to hit the road. As more motorists hit the road, pump prices will reflect the rising gasoline demand—a trend seen every spring. According to new data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gas demand jumped up last week while total domestic gasoline stocks tightened. Growing gas demand, amid tighter supply, has pushed pump prices higher.

Diesel prices are also fluctuating. The national average price for diesel is $4.03, down 2 cents from one week ago, and down from $4.36 a year ago. The New York average for diesel is $4.40, up 1 cent from a week ago, and lower than $4.99 one year ago.

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