For just the first time this summer, the U.S. national average for a gallon of gasoline has risen versus a week ago. The average rose to $2.17 per gallon, up four cents versus last Monday, according to price-tracker GasBuddy.com.
A total of 44 states saw average gas prices rise versus a week ago while just 6 saw declines. Leading states that saw changes: Indiana (+10 cents), Kentucky (+10 cents), Delaware (+10 cents), Michigan (+8 cents) and Ohio (+8 cents). A total of 38 states saw prices rise by more than a penny per gallon versus a week ago, while the remaining 12 saw prices rise by less than a penny or fall. Leading the few decliners was Alaska (2 cents), Utah (2 cents), Wyoming, Hawaii, Idaho (-1 cent).