Tampa Bay gas prices rocket 17 cents over a week

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Saturday's state average of $2.66 is the highest since September, when prices were recovering from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

The current national gas price average of $2.76 is 17 cents more expensive than last month and 34 cents more expensive that past year at this time.

Pennsylvania is home to the country's highest combined gas tax, where the current average price is $2.97 a gallon - 31 cents higher than a year ago and 5 cents higher than last week. That's about 36 cents higher than prices one year ago.

That information combines with the latest data that registers consumer gasoline demand at 9.857 million barrels per day.

"High oil prices are the main reason gasoline is so expensive right now", said Mark Jenkins, spokesman at AAA in Tampa. "All signs point to some additional upward movement before prices peak and perhaps drop slightly around Memorial Day into the month of June- all certainly very contingent and subject to any changes from OPEC".

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Prices throughout western PA are averaging at $2.97.

Part of the increase comes from a shift to summer fuel which burns cleaner, but costs more to produce.

Prices in Gwinnett County are well below the state average despite the close proximity to Atlanta, one of the most expensive cities to report gas prices at $2.68.

- Within the past three years, gas prices have hit an all-time high, officials said.

Last April, gas was $2.71 per gallon in the region with a national average of $2.40. MI is 12th in the nation for most expensive average daily gas price.

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You're paying more to fill your gas tank due to several key factors, and that trend is likely to continue.

This time of year brings higher prices, as the weather begins to heat up, the gas prices tend to rise.

It may continue to rise as the summer travel season gets underway. At the same time, unrest in Venezuela, one of OPEC's founding members and a key US oil supplier, caused a recent drop in the South American nation's oil exports, he said.

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