Florida hit hardest by recent gas price increases


Published: Monday, December 2, 2013 at 12:01 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 2, 2013 at 12:01 p.m.

Breaking with a national trend, Florida and the rest of the Southeast have seen prices at the pump shoot up since mid-November.

Facts

Average price for a gallon of regular gasoline

U.S.
Monday: $3.268
Week earlier: $3.280
Month earlier: $3.266
Year earlier: $3.391

Florida
Monday: $3.452
Week earlier: $3.413
Month earlier: $3.251
Year earlier: $3.371

Source: AAA

The increase in Southeast gas prices, which came after refinery disruptions cut supply, has hurt Florida drivers the most, according to AAA's weekly Fuel Price Brief.

For Thanksgiving travelers, the national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline -- at $3.28 -- was 13 cents less than it was last year, according to AAA. The Florida price, however, rose to $3.46 for Thanksgiving, 8 cents more than last year's holiday average.

"Regional issues aside, nationwide gas prices are forecast fall in December," Jessica Brady, AAA spokeswoman with The Auto Club Group, said in the media release. "Cheaper oil prices will likely push gas prices lower in the coming weeks. Oil prices dropped for the past several weeks as fuel demand has yet to keep pace with increased global crude production.”

On Monday, the average price for a gallon of regular gas was $3.27 across the nation and $3.45 in Florida, according to AAA.

In Gainesville, the average was $3.48, about two cents more than on the previous Monday, according to the crowd-sourcing website www.GasBuddy.com. Recent prices ranged from $3.34 to $3.69.

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