Gas prices here jumped 37 cents per gallon last week

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

Average retail gasoline prices in Peoria have risen 37.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.76 per gallon yesterday.

This compares with the national average that has increased 11.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.64 per gallon, according to gasoline price website PeoriaGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Peoria during the past week, prices yesterday were 40.5 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 42.1 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 26.6 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 29.8 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

"2012 is looking increasingly like 2008," said Gregg Laskoski, Senior Petroleum Analyst for GasBuddy.com.

"Gasoline prices are climbing aggressively as speculation drives crude oil higher; and once again, it's an election year. But this time its the volatility in the Middle East that has everyone wondering 'How high is up?'"