By: Kevin Karel (WRGA News)
The cheapest gas prices in months have been enjoyed by Northwest Georgia drivers in recent weeks, but as quickly as prices fell, they have once again started to rise.
AAA-South reports a weekly increase of three cents in the state and two cents nationwide. Spokeswoman Jessica Brady says the week was a mixed bag of economic news as jobless claims rose less than expected but the GDP was more sluggish than forecast for the first quarter in the U.S. Brady says the week ahead will be volatile in the marketplace which should actually provide stability at the gas pump.
The cheapest fuel in the Northwest Georgia region is slightly more expensive this week than it was seven days ago, but is still a better value than can found many places in the Peach State. Dalton has the cheapest regular unleaded gas at $3.20 per gallon. Calhoun at $3.27 and Cartersville at $3.29 are also low, while Rockmart, Rome, Summerville and Cedartown are between $3.31 and $3.35 per gallon.
Over the course of last week the cost of crude oil rose about $5 a barrel. The U.S. average gas price is now $3.50 per gallon, while Georgia’s is significantly lower at $3.37.
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