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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – South Florida drivers are not getting a break when it comes to filling up their vehicles.

In the last month the price at the pump jumped nationwide about a dime to $3.36 a gallon on average, according to GasBuddy.com.

In Florida, prices have jumped nearly double that (17 cents) in the last month. The average price for a regular unleaded in the state is $3.46 a gallon compared to $3.29 a month ago, according to the American Automobile Association.

In Miami-Dade, drivers have seen the price at the pump jump 16 cents in the last month to an average of $3.51 for a gallon of unleaded regular.  In Ft. Lauderdale drivers are paying about $3.50 on average for a gallon of regular unleaded compared to $3.35 a month ago. Last year at this time regular unleaded averaged $3.18 a gallon in both Miami and Ft. Lauderdale.

Jacksonville, where unleaded regular is averaging $3.39 a gallon, is the cheapest places in the state to fill up.

West Palm Beach is the most expensive place to top off the tank; regular unleaded is averaging $3.54 a gallon.

Check out the cheapest gas prices in your neighborhood at FloridaGasPrices.com.

2011 saw the highest yearly price per gallon average ever but 2012 could be even higher.  Florida finished 2011 with prices averaging a $3.25 a gallon, up 20 cents from a year earlier and a year-end record. They rose to an average $3.33 a gallon Wednesday. Prices usually rise at least 90 cents by summer, so that means gas topping $4 a gallon in July, analysts say.

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