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Gas prices continue to rise

March 18, 2019--8:28 a.m.

Staff reports

Georgia gas prices continued to climb last week. The state average has increased 30 of the past 32 days, for a total of 28 cents. During the past week alone, Georgia gas prices rose an average of 5 cents per gallon.

Drivers have seen a steady increase at the pump due to rising demand, reduced refinery output, and lower gasoline supplies, according to Mark Jenkins with AAA.

These seasonal factors could keep upward pressure on prices at the pump through Memorial Day weekend.

Georgia drivers are now paying an average price of $2.42 per gallon for regular unleaded, which is the highest daily average price of 2019. Although Sunday's state average is 23 cents per gallon more than a month ago, it remains 2 cents less than this time last year.

Local averages on Monday according to AAA were $2.38 in Floyd County, $2.40 in Gordon County, $2.43 in Bartow and Polk County, and $2.41 in Chattooga County.