BOSTON (CBS) — Gas continues to get more expensive in Massachusetts and around the country. AAA said Monday that the average gas price in the state went up 9 cents from last week to reach $3.27 per gallon.
Gas hasn’t been this expensive here since October of 2014 when it was $3.32 per gallon.READ MORE: Local Researchers Test COVID Samples To Determine Prevalence Of Omicron Variant In Massachusetts
Prices nationally went up 4 cents to $3.32 per gallon. According to AAA, rising crude oil prices are the driving factor behind the increase.READ MORE: Amid Concerns Over Omicron COVID Variant, CDC Says All Vaccinated Adults Should Get Booster Shots
“Compared to the price of gas a year ago, it now costs consumers about $17 more to fill up their vehicles,” AAA Northeast’s Mary Maguire said in a statement. “And unfortunately, it doesn’t look like drivers will be finding relief at the pump any time soon.”
The average cost of gas in Massachusetts is 17 cents higher than it was a month ago, and $1.17 higher than this time last year.MORE NEWS: Omicron Variant: Dr. Mallika Marshall Explains What's Known And What's Not