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Gas Prices Inch Higher as Floridians Drive More

Rising demand sends crude oil prices to 9-week highs

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Florida gas prices are beginning to inch higher as Florida eases restrictions, causing a growing number of people to hit the road. Gasoline demand is now only 30 percent lower than a year ago, compared to the 50-75 percent deficit seen just weeks ago during the height of Florida's stay-at-home order.

Gas prices in Florida increased last week - albeit slightly - for the first time in 10 weeks. After sinking to a 4-year low, the state average rose a penny to $1.77 per gallon. The state average is now 1-cent more than a week ago, yet 5 cents less than last month and 89 cents less than this time last year.

"Small increases at the pump will become a more common sight in the coming weeks, as Floridians hit the road to visit businesses and beaches," said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA - The Auto Club Group. "The increased demand has cut into excess supplies which restores upward pressure on prices at the pump."

According to the EIA, US gasoline demand has climbed 40 percent in the past five weeks. Although US gasoline production increased (11 percent) last week, supplies declined (4 percent) during the past three weeks.

Growing fuel demand has restored optimism in the crude oil market. The price for US oil hit a 9-week high Friday - settling at $29.43 per barrel. Friday's closing price was nearly 20 percent higher than the week before. Wholesale gasoline prices also jumped 6 cents per gallon during the past week.

Regional Prices

  • Most expensive metro markets – West Palm Beach-Boca Raton ($1.93), Gainesville ($1.92), Fort Lauderdale ($1.87)
  • Least expensive metro markets – Jacksonville ($1.70), Pensacola ($1.70), Punta Gorda ($1.71)

Find Florida Gas Prices

(Price per gallon of regular unleaded gasoline)

Sunday Saturday Week Ago Month Ago One Year Ago Record High
National $1.877 $1.873 $1.844 $1.827 $2.859 $4.11 (7/17/2008)
Florida $1.773 $1.771 $1.762 $1.824 $2.661 $4.08 (7/17/2008)
Georgia $1.665 $1.665 $1.640 $1.682 $2.654 $4.16 (9/15/2008)
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Gas Price Survey Methodology
AAA updates fuel price averages daily at www.GasPrices.AAA.com. Every day up to 130,000 stations are surveyed based on credit card swipes and direct feeds in cooperation with the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) and Wright Express for unmatched statistical reliability. All average retail prices in this report are for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline.

About AAA - The Auto Club Group
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