Fort Lauderdale, Florida – At the beginning of this week the gas is encountering the highest prices at the pump in almost seven years in Florida.
According to the American Automobile Association, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in the state is $2.97, the highest since November 2014.
AAA says that the price is 12 cents higher than a week ago, seven cents more than a month ago, and 44 cents higher than at this time in 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It now costs $2 more to fill an average-sized 15-gallon gas tank, than it did a week ago,” AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said, noting that crude oil prices rose as global fuel demand outpaced supply. “Fortunately, futures prices flattened out last week, so drivers should not face another round of rising prices this week.”
It is believed that returning of people to work and travel is the reason for gas prices rising.
According to Patrick De Haan, who tracks fuel prices for GasBuddy, U.S. gasoline demand has increased for four straight weeks.
Florida is still paying below the national average of $3.08 per gallon.
Locally, the average prices are as follows:
- Palm Beach County: $3.08
- Monroe County: $3.04
- Broward County: $2.99
- Miami-Dade County: $2.96