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Gas prices are on the rise, up about 30 cents from a year ago

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 5 February 2018 at 7:25 am

Gas prices have increased about 30 cents a gallon in New York since a year ago, going from a state average of $2.49 a year ago to $2.78 today, according to Western and Central New York AAA.

Orleans County is about 5 cents below the state average. However, the $2.732 average in Orleans in higher than most Western New York counties.

AAA said the average prices for other nearby counties include: Genesee, $2.678; Niagara, $2.699; Monroe, $2.713; Erie, $2.683; Wyoming, $2.704; and Allegany, $2.736.

The highest average price in the state is at New York City at $3.007. Westchester County is at $2.913.

Today’s national average price for a gallon of gasoline is $2.61, which is up three cents from one week ago, AAA said. One year ago, the price was $2.27.

The U.S. has ramped up oil production, but OPEC is reducing supply. Plus, there is a steady rising worldwide demand for oil, which is pushing up prices, AAA said.

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