Area gas prices rise in new year

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Gas prices rose slightly for the second straight week of the new year.  

According to Monday’s AAA report, the national average per gallon rose seven cents in the past week to $3.28. In Florida, gas prices rose just one cent from $3.28 to $3.29 and $3.31 to $3.33 in Gainesville.  

“As we head toward February, pump prices will likely dip, barring any jolt in the global oil market,” AAA spokesperson Andrew Gross said in a statement. “But it is likely that the national average prices we saw heading into Christmas may have been the lows for this winter.” 

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According to data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gas demand dropped from 9.33 million barrels per day (b/d) to 7.51 million b/d last week. The low gas demand contributes to the minuscule increases at the gas stations. 

Florida has the 29th least expensive average at $3.29. A month ago, the average cost was $3.19; last year it was $3.19.  

According to gasbuddy.com, here are the lowest prices to fill up in Alachua County:  

  • $3.14 at Sam’s Club 4400 SW 33rd Place, Gainesville.  
  • $3.18 at Circle K, 16070 Martin Luther King Blvd., Alachua.  
  • $3.19 at Circle K, 19531 NW US Hwy 441, High Springs. 
  • $3.22 at Murphy Express, 6323 NW 13th St., Gainesville.  
  • $3.24 at Love’s Travel Stop, 5615 SE US-301, Hawthorne.  

Quick Stats  

The nation’s top 10 largest weekly increases: Ohio (+22 cents), Colorado (+17 cents), Wyoming (+16 cents), Indiana (+16 cents), Iowa (+15 cents), North Carolina (+13 cents), Minnesota (+13 cents), Illinois (+12 cents), Michigan (+12 cents) and Arkansas (+12 cents). 

The nation’s top 10 most expensive markets: Hawaii ($5.00), California ($4.42), Nevada ($3.96), Washington ($3.92), Alaska ($3.72), Oregon ($3.70), Pennsylvania ($3.65), Washington, D.C. ($3.47), New York ($3.45) and Arizona ($3.42). 

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