Gas prices increasing, could hit $3/gallon by ChristmasPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- Gas prices are once again on the rise, and analysts say we could be paying $3 per gallon for regular unleaded gas by Christmas. Premium unleaded and diesel are already over $3.
Average retail gas prices in Phoenix have jumped 6.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.81 for regular unleaded as of yesterday.
While that is a significant increase, it is below the national average, which went up 8.4 cents to $2.94 per gallon, according to PhoenixGasPrices.com.
Yesterday's gas prices are nearly 22 cents per gallon higher than they were on the same day last year, and just over 9 cents per gallon more than they were a month ago.
On the national front, prices are up 9.2 cents over last month and 30.2 cents over last year.
Crude oil prices have gone up about $8 per barrel. That's what is driving the price increase at the gas pumps.
Analysts say there's no indication that prices will drop any time in the near future.