Gas Rises for Labor Day

Cheryl Sanders
September 1, 2016

The cheapest gas found in the region was $2.09 a gallon at the Costco in Centerville.

"As the summer driving season wraps up, gasoline prices have risen for 14 consecutive days, thanks in large part due to a late-summer rally in oil markets, driven by OPEC threats", said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy. Motorists have saved $18.9 billion during this summer season compared to previous year.

Gasoline prices around Arizona are higher at the pumps this week heading into the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Analysts say the cheaper prices have come amid the global glut in supply and increased production.

Tucson now has Arizona's lowest average gasoline price at $1.94 a gallon and Flagstaff the highest at $2.36.

See the cheapest gas prices in the area.

This week's national average is $2.22 per gallon, up by more than 2 cents from last week.

SC has the lowest average gas price among states in the continental $1.96 a gallon and California the highest at $2.68.

Gas Buddy averages Superior and Duluth 2.30 for gas prices. However, Public Affairs Specialist for AAA, Gary Bubar, believes the roads won't be as packed as they were during some of the earlier summer holidays, like Memorial Day and the 4th of July largely because some schools have already begun their new year. In addition, EPA's summer gasoline requirements end September 15 in much of the nation, opening the door for cheaper winter gasoline to return to pumps- a double whammy of downward pressure just in time for autumn- a yearly trend that's un-phased by upcoming elections.

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