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Local gas prices up on the week, still down over one year

The average price of gasoline in Pierce County rose slightly on Monday.
The average price of gasoline in Pierce County rose slightly on Monday. AP file, 2015

The average retail price of gasoline in the Tacoma area rose 0.3 cents per gallon over the past week, and reached an average price of $2.32 per gallon Monday, according to the fuel research firm GasBuddy.

In polling 271 gasoline outlets in the region, GasBuddy noted in a release that prices were 42 cents per gallon lower than this time one year ago, and are 22.4 cents higher than a month ago.

The national average has increased 24.7 cents per gallon over the month, GasBuddy stated, and stands 33.6 cents lower than one year ago.

In Seattle, the average price, $2.34 per gallon, was up 1.8 cents over the week. Statewide, the average price increased 2 cents over the week to $2.29.

Motorists in Pierce County on Monday could find the lowest price, $2.01 per gallon, at a South Tacoma APP outlet, according to tacomagasprices.com. An APP station in Sumner and a QFC outlet in Northeast Tacoma each were pegged at $2.06. In Olympia, the lowest price was $2.01 a gallon at the APP station on Fones Road, according to washingtongasprices.com.

“As prices now sit at the highest level since November 2015, April brings the final phase of the transition to the more expensive summer-blend gasoline,” said Will Speer, GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst. “Although gas prices are expected to continue to increase this week, improving refinery utilization has helped cool March’s feverish rise.”

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