BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – New data shows what a difference one week can make when it comes to average gas prices in Baton Rouge.
Locally, the average gas price has jumped back over $3 per gallon. It now sits at $3.08 per gallon after an increase of 21.8 cents last week, according to GasBuddy.
GasBuddy took a look at 361 gas stations in the area to come up with those numbers. Over the span of one month, customers have seen the average gas price go up by over 44 cents per gallon. At this same time last year, drivers were paying almost 7 cents less per gallon.
If you search around, you can still find gas as cheap as $2.89 in Baton Rouge. GasBuddy stated that the most expensive gas in the area is $3.49 per gallon.
There was also an increase in the national average price of gasoline last week. GasBuddy said the national average went up by over 11 cents.
“Gasoline prices continued their upward trajectory last week as oil prices pulled them higher across the majority of the country, and continued refinery challenges kept supply of gasoline from rising more substantially,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. “Macroeconomic factors have continued to weigh on oil and refined products, as strong demand in China hasn’t been slowed much by a surge in new Covid cases. In addition, releases of crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve have wrapped up. Concerns are increasing that without additional oil, supply will tighten in the weeks ahead, especially as the nation starts to move away from softer demand in the height of winter. Moving forward, it doesn’t look good for motorists, with prices likely to continue accelerating.”
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