N.Y. and U.S. gas prices rise, buck­ing sea­sonal trend

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - Free­man staff

KINGSTON, N.Y. » The av­er­age re­tail gaso­line price in New York state rose 1.4 cents per gal­lon last week, reach­ing $2.69 on Sun­day.

In the Kingston-Ul­ster area, most gas sta­tions were sell­ing 87-oc­tane un­leaded for $2.53 to $2.55 per gal­lon Mon­day af­ter­noon, ac­cord­ing to gaso­line price web­site GasBuddy.com.

“If you use gas prices to fig­ure out the time of year it is, you’d prob­a­bly think it’s spring based on the con­tin­ued up­ward trend show­ing up in much of the coun­try,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum anal­y­sis for GasBuddy. “Ab­sent is the beloved fall at the pump that we’re used to that ac­com­pa­nies the fall weather, but ap­par­ently this year is play­ing a trick on mo­torists. The cheap­est price this year was in July while the most ex­pen­sive showed up af­ter the driv­ing sea­son con­cluded, as Har­vey hit, and we may get closer to that mark as gaso­line in­ven­to­ries con­tinue to drift to new mul­ti­year lows.

“It’s been a lousy time for mo­torists, and I’d ex­pect to see some cut their spend­ing dur­ing the hol­i­days as gas prices are up,” DeHaan added.

New York’s av­er­age gas price Sun­day was 0.6 cents per gal­lon higher than a month ago and a sub­stan­tial 31.8 cents higher than a year ago.

The na­tional av­er­age on Sun­day was $2.55 per gal­lon, up 1.5 cents from a week ear­lier, 8.6 cents higher than a month ago and 39.8 cents higher than a year ago.

Ac­cord­ing to GasBuddy historical data, gaso­line prices on Nov. 13 in New York state have ranged widely over the last five years: $2.37 per gal­lon in 2016, $2.35 in 2015, $3.26 in 2014, $3.50 in 2013 and $3.99 in 2012.

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