The national average gasoline price has seen sharp increases the past few weeks, and now sits at $2.62 per gallon.
 - Photo by Vince Taroc.

The national average gasoline price has seen sharp increases the past few weeks, and now sits at $2.62 per gallon.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

The national average for regular unleaded jumped 8 cents to $2.62 per gallon on March 25, as gasoline prices continue to move sharply higher to a level last seen in the middle of February, according to AAA.

The current price level is 24 cents higher than a month ago and 2 cents higher than a year ago due to increasing demand across the country, said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson.

"Thanks to increasing demand and tightening gasoline stocks across the country, March gas prices came in like a lion and will not go out like a lamb," Casselano said. "State gas price averages are very similar to a year ago give or take a few pennies, which means some motorists are paying among the most expensive averages seen this time of year in the last five years."

Every state except Florida saw their gasoline prices increase during the week with several states in the Great Lakes and Central regions increasing by as much as 16 cents.

States with the largest weekly increase in gasoline prices include Missouri (15 cents), California (14 cents), Indiana (14 cents), Arizona (14 cents), New Mexico (12 cents), Michigan (12 cents), Ohio (12 cents), Illinois (11 cents), Kansas (11 cents), and Oregon (10 cents).

States with the least expensive gasoline include Utah ($2.34), Alabama ($2.36), Mississippi ($2.37), Arkansas ($2.37), Louisiana ($2.38), South Carolina ($2.40), Wyoming ($2.40), Texas ($2.41), Virginia ($2.42), and Oklahoma ($2.43).

Meanwhile, the average price of diesel fuel increased 1 cent to $3.08, which is 7 cents higher than a year ago, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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