Gas prices inch up

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Including the change in gas prices in Chattanooga during the past week, prices on Sunday were 32.6 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 20.7 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.

Last November, a 12-cent increase in the base gasoline excise tax went into effect statewide, pushing the base from 18 cents a gallon to 30 cents.

According to GasBuddy, states where prices moved most last week were: MI (up 12 cents); Utah (up nine cents); Idaho and Nebraska (up eight cents); and Georgia, Illinois, West Virginia, Missouri, Texas and Tennessee (up seven cents).

The national average price for gasoline is the highest in more than two years, AAA said.

Honolulu- $3.42/g, up 6.5 cents per gallon from last week's $3.36/g.

Gas prices are set to spike in Central Florida by as much as 25 cents. The New York State average is $2.82 this week, up six cents from last week and 30 cents more than this time a year ago. Although Syria is not a major oil producer, AAA says tension in the country could ripple to other countries in the region and restrict global oil supply flows.

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Gas Buddy historical data reveals that Long Island gas prices since 2008 have fluctuated greatly over the past 10 years, with a recorded high of $4.33 per gallon in 2008 and recorded low of $1.79 back in 2009.

States with the lowest average prices last week included: Missouri ($2.42); Oklahoma and Arkansas ($2.43); MS ($2.45); SC ($2.46); Louisiana ($2.47); Kansas and Texas ($2.48); Alabama ($2.49); and Wyoming ($2.50).

The average price in the state is $2.48 per gallon of regular, an increase of five cents from last week and nearly 22 cents from March.

Gas prices are continuing to rise in Decatur and the state.

"Demand for gasoline this March was very strong, closer to the demand AAA typically sees during the summer", Michael Blasky, AAA Northern California, said earlier this month.

"The seasonal surge at gas pumps is in full motion, causing the most dreaded time of year for fearful motorists, especially of what may still be coming", said Patrick DeHaan, spokesman for GasBuddy.