Gas prices continue to rise nationwide

Local prices rise by nearly 6 cents


Average retail gasoline prices in Bakersfield have risen 5.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $4.13 per gallon yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 300 gas outlets in Bakersfield.

This compares with the national average that has increased 2.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.72 per gallon, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Bakersfield during the past week, prices yesterday were 8.9 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 55.7 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.

The national average has increased 42.0 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 9.1 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

"The streak is over," said Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "GasBuddy data showed the national average rising for 32 consecutive days- starting Jan. 20 at $3.265 per gallon, and ending Feb. 21 at $3.733 per gallon. The tide has now turned and the national average has dropped two days straight. This is certainly excellent news for disillusioned motorists- but I would caution them not to get overly thrilled as prices may linger near these levels for some time," DeHaan said.


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