Paying More at the Pump? Gas Prices Surge 9 Cents in November

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

The strong demand for gas, caused in part by folks taking advantage of the warmer than average temperatures, may be to blame for the increase, according to AAA, which adds that as temperatures begin to drop, however, so should the price of gas.

Statewide, prices at the pump averaged $2.53 per gallon, up 13 cents over the week. Floridians are paying an average of $2.53 per gallon.

The national average price for regular unleaded was $2.56, AAA reported, up 3.4 cents over the week and almost 39 cents more than this time a year ago. That's still significantly higher than previous year, when the average was $2.23.

In most states, the cost of filling up increased over the past week, but as with most things, the pain was not spread equitably. Oil prices also are up to around $55-$60 a barrel. The average cost for a gallon of gas across the country was at $2.56 as of Sunday.

"Increasing crude oil prices nearly always lead to higher prices at the pump", Jenkins added.

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But according to The Auto Club Group, the AAA affiliate which monitors Florida, that jump came all during the latter half of the week last week, with prices holding steady over the weekend.

AAA officials blamed much of the spike in oil prices on declining oil rig counts in the USA, lower domestic inventories, production cuts and political turmoil in oil-rich Saudi Arabia where the king of that country has indicated he may abdicate the throne. It may not show up at the pump yet, but the price of crude oil has come down recently as nine US rigs were added last week and domestic inventories went up.

"Absent is the beloved fall at the pump that we're used to that accompanies the fall weather, but apparently this year is playing a trick on the motorists", he said in a statement. So when that becomes untenable (or the price of wholesale gas goes up), one gas station will raise its prices.

"Were more than likely to see the highest Thanksgiving (prices) in three years", he said.

GasBuddy.com said some locations in Omaha were selling regular unleaded Monday for as low as $2.34 and $2.37 per gallon.

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