While the national average price of gas has only grown by fractions of a penny, some states have seen dramatic price fluctuations over the past week ending July 13, according to a report by AAA.
California gas prices soared from July 6-13, rising 28 cents a gallon because of tightening supply in the state, while prices in Indiana fell by 12 cents a gallon and prices in Michigan fell by 11 cents a gallon. As Midwestern refinery issues resolved, gas prices in several states dipped lower. Month over month, Indiana prices fell 26 cents, Michigan fell 13 cents, Ohio fell 10 cents and Illinois fell 10 cents, AAA reported.
The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline is $2.77 per gallon, as of July 13, with the retail average having fallen for 19 of the past 30 days. The current national average price of gas is three cents per gallon less than it was on June 15, when prices peaked at $2.80 a gallon. Customers are still saving about 85-cents per gallon compared with this time last year.
California ($3.72) is now once again the nation’s most expensive market for retail gasoline, again surpassing Alaska ($3.47), which had taken the lead in weeks past. Drivers in South Carolina ($2.41) and Mississippi ($2.46) are paying the lowest prices at the pump.