Gas Prices Jump 8 Cents in Oregon in Past Week

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Holiday travelers are paying less at the pump than they have since 2008, according to AAA.

The average price of gasoline in Oregon is 16 cents higher than the national average, according to AAA Oregon-Idaho.

The average price per gallon jumped 8 cents to $3.83 in Oregon this past week, while the national average per gallon is $3.67. Both prices are the highest they have been since last summer.

Gas prices for unleaded fuel in Hermiston are closer to the national average.

“The national average is at its highest price since last July, while Oregon’s average is at its highest price since last August,” said AAA Oregon-Idaho Public Affairs Director Marie Dodds. “Both the national and Oregon averages are approaching the forecast high made by AAA at the beginning of the year.

Dodd said pump prices are expected to peak this month in many parts of the country.

Oregon’s average has the nation’s third-largest increase of the week, behind New Jersey and Delaware.

Both the national and Oregon averages are higher than they were a year ago at this time. The national average is 15 cents more than a year ago, while Oregon’s average is 20 cents more.