BOSTON (CBS) — The cost of gas just keeps going up in Massachusetts. AAA reported Monday that the state average went up 8 cents from last week to reach $3.35 per gallon.
The state average is now just 3 cents lower than the national average of $3.38 per gallon.READ MORE: Local Researchers Test COVID Samples To Determine Prevalence Of Omicron Variant In Massachusetts
AAA said high demand and more expensive crude oil prices, alongside a decline in stocks, are responsible for the climbing costs.
“With the U.S. economy slowly recovering from the depths of the pandemic, demand for gas is robust, but the supply is tight,” AAA Northeast’s Mary Maguire said in a statement. “We haven’t seen prices this high since September of 2014.”READ MORE: Amid Concerns Over Omicron COVID Variant, CDC Says All Vaccinated Adults Should Get Booster Shots
Gas prices have gone up for 27 straight days in the U.S., according to AAA.
In Massachusetts, the average price is 26 cents higher than a month ago and $1.25 higher than what it was one year ago.
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