AAA: Gas prices continue upward trend

January 11, 2018 - 11:37 am

AUSTIN (KJCE) -- Gas prices continued their upward trend this week, according to the latest numbers from AAA Texas.

The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded in the Austin area is $2.24, up one cent from last week. The statewide average jumped two cents to $2.26, while the national average jumped two cents to $2.51 - 15 cents more than this same time last year.

Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in Texas, drivers in Midland are paying the most on average at $2.48, while drivers in San Antonio are paying the least at $2.18 per gallon.

Many motorists across the country are seeing more expensive gas prices, while prices are cheaper for a select few states. Motorists can find gas for $2.50 a gallon or less at 64 percent of gas stations in the United States. The cheapest gas can be found in Missouri ($2.25), Texas and Alabama ($2.26).

Most metropolitan areas surveyed in Texas saw gas price averages slightly increase over last week. The Brownsville-Harlingen area saw the largest increase on the week, with regular unleaded prices going up by an average of eight cents per gallon. Meanwhile, some metropolitan areas surveyed in Texas saw a decrease, including Corpus Christi, Lubbock, Midland, Odessa, Victoria and Wichita Falls. Abilene, Bryan/College Station, San Angelo, Tyler and Waco saw no change from last week.

When comparing this week’s average price for a gallon of regular unleaded to the same date in 2017, Dallas ranks the closest of any area surveyed in Texas. Drivers in Dallas are paying on average three cents more per gallon than they did on this day one year ago. Meanwhile, drivers in some markets are still paying much higher than at this time last year. The price for a gallon of regular unleaded in Midland remains 31 cents above the January 11, 2017 average.

Gas prices in the South and Southeast remain among the cheapest in the country even with pump prices jumping in every state on the week except New Mexico (no change).

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