MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Prices at the gas pumps are on the rise once again. The state average is now nearly 13 cents more than a week ago.
“Gas prices are on the rise due to growing optimism that the US could pass a stimulus package, and about how a COVID-19 vaccine could eventually help improve global fuel demand in 2021,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Pump prices appear to be leveling out for now, but will seek direction from the fuel market this week.”READ MORE: 3 Rushed To Area Hospitals Following Shooting At Aventura Mall
Oil prices remain the primary driver for prices at the pump.
The price of crude reached a new 9-month high on Friday, settling at $46.26 per barrel. The price of US crude is now nearly 25% more than a month ago.READ MORE: Miami-Dade Police Lieutenant Faces Rape Charges In Palm Beach County
Florida drivers are now paying the highest prices at the pump since early October. The state average of $2.16 per gallon is 13 cents more than a week ago, yet 38 cents per gallon less than this time last year.
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- Most expensive metro markets – West Palm Beach-Boca Raton ($2.27), Port St. Lucie ($2.18), Ocala ($2.18)
- Least expensive metro markets – Tallahassee ($2.08), Punta Gorda ($2.09), Crestview-Fort Walton Beach ($2.12)