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Connecticut Gas Prices Keep Rising, Even As National Costs Dip

Gas prices in the state rose for the ninth consecutive week.
Gas prices in the state rose for the ninth consecutive week. Photo Credit: Anthony Buzzeo/File

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- For the ninth consecutive week, Connecticut average gas prices are up – this week a penny – but they remain well below last year’s average, according to AAA Northeast.

A gallon of regular gas in the Nutmeg State today averages $2.35, up 1 cent compared to last week.

Compared to last year, however, average prices are still 47 cents lower, AAA Northeast reports.

In recent weeks, East Coast regional markets between Washington, D.C., through Maine have seen pump prices move up and down a penny or two, according to experts, potentially indicating that prices have started to stabilize as refineries increase production to meet growing demand.

AAA’s weekly survey of prices in Connecticut’s four regional area are as follows: Greater Bridgeport/Stamford at $2.43; New Haven/Meriden at $2.34; Greater Hartford at $2.33; and New London/Norwich at $2.35.

The statewide average is at $2.35, dropping Connecticut to 12th place in terms of the highest prices in the nation.

On the national level, average prices are down a penny compared to this time last week, with today’s average price at $2.21.

Compared to last year, though, prices remain 45 cents lower than this time last year.

Oklahoma at $1.95 and Kansas and Missouri, both at $1.98, are the states with the lowest gas prices.

California at $2.80 and Hawaii at $2.64 continue to lead the pack of states with the highest average prices.

The good new for drivers everywhere, however, is that refineries nationwide continue to ramp up production, which may increase supplies in various regional markets.

If supply can keep pace with demand, experts believe, price averages should remain relatively low.

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