NY state's average gas price, though 8 cents a gallon higher than a month ago, is 54.5 cents lower than at this time previous year.

Gas prices started the year at $1.74 and dropped every week through February 15, when the average reached a low of $1.50.

"This is the fastest we've seen gas prices go up in months", said Chelsea Pompeani, spokeswoman for AAA East Central. As weather gets warmer, people drive more, which increases demand for gas.

Monday the national average was $1.98 per gallon. New Jersey ($1.69) and SC ($1.70) are the nation's least expensive markets for retail gasoline, and a total of six states are posting prices at or below $1.75, which is14 states less than a week ago.

In Michigan, prices declined slightly from an average of $2.01 Monday to an average of just over $1.99 Tuesday. "Many families also take spring break road trips this time of year, which means they may use more gasoline than normal".

The current area average for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $1.80, which is 3 cents more than last week, in Rutherford County.

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"Any time that demand rises as production drops, we are bound to see an increase in gas prices", he said.

The price of a gallon of gasoline in MA has jumped another 7 cents in the past week, yet remains well below the national average.

Tucson- $1.76/g, up 21.0 cents per gallon from last week's $1.55/g.

GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,994 gas stations in Oklahoma showed the average on Sunday.

The lowest price in South Florida is $1.89 in Juno Beach, Opa-Locka and Miami, according to gasbuddy.com, which collects reports from consumers.

In addition, refineries begin to transition to summer-blend gasoline, which is more expensive to produce. Grand Rapids, Jackson, Kalamazoo and Saginaw are above $2 per gallon, with Marquette at $2.05.