Gas prices increase across the state

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PHOENIX – Residents all over the state of Arizona continue to feel pain at the pump.

AAA Arizona said gas prices increased again this week, jumping 2.6 cents to $3.725 per gallon. Across the country, the average price of gas rose 4.6 cents this week to $3.869 per gallon.

Over the past month gas prices increased almost 35 cents in Arizona, and 17 cents nationwide.

Tucson has the state’s lowest gas average at $3.617 per gallon, while Flagstaff residents pay the most with an average price of $3.869 per gallon.

The increase in gas prices can be credited to several different factors. The struggling economy, tight supplies and crude oil selling for more than $90 a barrel have all impacted the amount drivers pay when they fill up.

“Many motorists were anticipating that September would bring an end to this six-week price surge,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona. “However, due to current market factors and volatility, Arizonans are going to have to wait a little bit longer for some relief.”