The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas went up nearly a dime in one week in the South Sound, according to fuel monitoring website GasBuddy.com.
Tacoma’s average price was $2.44 a gallon Monday, while the state average was $2.42 a gallon. The national average Monday was $2.22 a gallon.
The lowest price in Tacoma, according to tacomagasprices.com, was $2.04 at Tacoma’s Costco and at an Arco station at Orchard and 56th streets. In Olympia, two Arco stations on Martin Way East were at $2.19 a gallon as the low-price leader.
The region is still about 50 cents lower than this time a year ago, according to GasBuddy.com’s weekly news release.
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“Americans appear ripe to consume near-record levels of gasoline, if not the highest levels ever this summer with some of the lowest summer prices seen in 10 years or so,” said Patrick DeHaan, a Chicago-based senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy in its news release.
“While we may not see as such a sharp rise this week, we aren't out of the woods just yet. Gasoline prices may continue inching up until Memorial Day — a major test if refiners are well-prepared for the summer driving season,” DeHaan said.