Gas prices in the East Valley jumped 13 cents in the last week following the rise of crude oil costs.
Drivers in Mesa, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek and Apache Junction were paying on average $3.548 per gallon Thursday.
The statewide average jumped almost 10 cents to $3.55 per gallon. Nationally, prices jumped more than 15 cents to $3.669 per gallon.
“Elevated crude oil costs have pressured gasoline prices higher across the country, and finally made their way to Arizona this week,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona. “Until crude prices subside or retail prices catch up to wholesale prices, this is a trend that is likely to continue in the near future.”
Tucson and Flagstaff hold the low and high state fuel averages at $3.388 and $3.729 per gallon, respectively. South Carolina and California hold the lowest and highest average prices for the lower 48 states at $3.333 and $4.039 per gallon, respectively.