Florida gas prices increased an average of 13 centsBy CBSMiami.com Team

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.”

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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.

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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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Regional Prices

  • 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)

CBSMiami.com Team