Gas prices soar 8 cents per gallon in RI, 6 cents in Massachusetts

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Islanders are paying 8 cents per gallon more for gasoline this week.

AAA Northeast reported Monday that its weekly price survey found self-serve, regular selling for an average of $2.63 per gallon, 8 cents more than a week ago.

Despite the soaring prices, the average cost in Rhode Island is still 20 cents per gallon lower than the national average and 2 cents lower than the in-state price a year ago.

AAA attributes the higher prices to the switchover to summer blend gasoline, which is more expensive to produce, and increased demand.

AAA found gas selling for as low as $2.49 and as high as $2.89 per gallon.

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BOSTON (AP) — The average cost of a gallon of gasoline in Massachusetts has jumped 6 cents in the past week.

AAA Northeast reported Monday that self-serve, regular is now selling for an average of $2.61 per gallon.

That’s 22 cents lower than the national average but a penny higher than the Massachusetts per-gallon average a year ago.

AAA says the higher prices are due to the switchover to summer blend gasoline, which is more expensive to produce, and increased demand.

The organization found a wide range of per-gallon prices, from a low of $2.45 to a high of $3.05.

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