According to the travel services company AAA Utah, Moab had the highest cost per gallon in the state Tuesday, at $3.73, followed by St. George at $3.69 and a three-way tie among Logan, Provo and Vernal at $3.52. The average in Salt Lake City was $3.50, a bump of 15 cents over last month.
Prices also inched up in four other Western states, with Idaho up 6 cents per gallon, Wyoming 4 cents, Colorado 3 cents and Montana 2 cents.
The national average stood at $3.58, 12 cents cheaper than a month ago and a whopping 35 cents less than a year ago. The latter marks the largest such decrease since October 2009.
Twenty-two states have prices lower than Utah's, while Hawaii reports the highest average price in the country at $4.39. California has the highest price in the contiguous 48 states, at $4.02 a gallon.
"Retail gasoline prices in the country surged at the start of 2013 with a record-breaking increase of 49 cents, attributed to somewhat higher crude oil prices, but mostly due to a decline in refinery production and higher gasoline futures prices," Rolayne Fairclough, AAA Utah spokeswoman, said in a statement. "The falling retail gas prices across the country are a result of increased refinery production and economic concerns" that have contributed to a decline in oil prices.
Gas prices in Utah
Tuesday • $3.54
Week ago • $3.48
Month ago • $3.41
Year ago • $3.71
Record high • $4.22 (July 18, 2008)
Tuesday • $3.58
Week ago • $3.64
Month ago • $3.70
Year ago • $3.93
Record high • $4.11 ( July 17, 2008)
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