The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded has seen small fluctuations since September and has landed at $2.61. - Photo by Vince Taroc.

The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded has seen small fluctuations since September and has landed at $2.61.

Photo by Vince Taroc.

The national average for regular unleaded has increased 1 cent to $2.61, and most states saw their prices increase for the week ending Nov. 11, according to AAA.

The incrementally higher prices followed a trend since the end of September that has seen lower demand and slight fluctuations in gasoline prices around the country.

"While most states are seeing more expensive gas prices on the week, the good news is that the majority of increases were nominal at a few pennies. In fact, only five states saw jumps of a nickel or more," said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. "Motorists are likely to see continued fluctuation at the pump, but not major increases in the week ahead."

Gasoline demand has averaged 9.1 million barrels per day with a draw down of 2.8 million barrels partly due to high exports, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Compared to a month ago, state averages are split in terms of prices being higher or lower. The largest monthly changes include Idaho (up 22 cents), Ohio (down 19 cents), Alaska (up 17 cents), Delaware (up 15 cents), Utah (up 15 cents), California (down 14 cents), Illinois (down 13 cents), Wisconsin (down 11 cents), Michigan (down 10 cents), and Washington (up 9 cents).

Six states have averages that are more expensive than a year ago, including California (34 cents), Delaware (12 cents), Nevada (11 cents), Ohio (8 cents), Arizona (5 cents), and Oregon ( 3 cents).

States with the least expensive markets now include Louisiana ($2.22), Mississippi ($2.22), Texas ($2.27), South Carolina ($2.28), Missouri ($2.28), Alabama ($2.28), Arkansas ($2.30), Oklahoma ($2.31), Virginia ($2.32), and Tennessee ($2.35).

Meanwhile, the average price of a gallon of diesel fell two-tenths of a cent to $3.062, which is 27.6 cents lower than a year ago.

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