Average retail gasoline prices in Tacoma have risen 2.8 cents per gallon in the past week and averaged $2.59 per gallon Monday, according to the monitoring service GasBuddy.com.
The latest figure compares with the national average that has increased 6.1 cents per gallon in the past week to $2.28 per gallon.
The website tacomagasprices.com noted a wide range of prices in the Pierce County area Monday, with the lowest price at $2.18 a gallon at a Chevron station at 2501 Pacific Ave. in Tacoma. In Olympia, the lowest price Monday was $2.39 a gallon at two Arco stations, both on Martin Way East.
Including the change in gas prices in Tacoma during the past week, prices Sunday were 51 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 24.9 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.
The national average has increased 15.1 cents per gallon during the past month and stands 46.1 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.
According to GasBuddy historical data, gasoline prices May 23 in Tacoma have ranged widely over the past five years, including a high of $4.02 in 2013.
“With crude oil prices rallying over the past six weeks, reaching the highest point that we’ve seen since November ... we should expect wholesale and retail gasoline prices to rise further,” says Gregg Laskoski, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.
“The good news for consumers is that even with the recent increases in the price at the pump, on average we’re still paying about 45 cents less per gallon this year versus last. And in California, the state average is $1 less than last year.”
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