Gas prices on the rise

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That's 20 cents in the last month.

The average retail price in NY state for a gallon of unleaded gasoline is close, at $2.97 on Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 6,118 gas outlets in NY.

Why are costs rising here and elsewhere?

It's primarily because of the price of oil, says Mike Right of AAA. Nationwide, it's quite a bit lower at $2.88, according to AAA. Woodward now averages about $2.60 per gallon.

AAA expects drivers across Virginia and the country to continue seeing rising gas prices after the USA reimposed sanctions on Iran last week, AAA Tidewater said.

The national average rose 5.7 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.86, according to GasBuddy.com.

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"The Administration's move combined with the switchover to summer blend, growing global demand and shrinking supply continues to fuel pump prices as we approach the summer driving season", Gamble said.

The AAA analysis shows motorists in 19 states are now paying above the national average for fuel, with nine states seeing average gas prices above the $3 a gallon mark.

Consumers with long memories may not think gasoline is that expensive.

Williams adds that gas prices are still well below an amount where people will change or cancel travel plans, instead they're saving money by spending less on other things like hotels and food.

"This is continuing to be more so about OPEC's long-standing production cuts that have removed the glut out of crude oil".

The highest average price for regular gas was $4.11, recorded in July 2008.

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