Back in August, gas prices rose so much that the consumer price index posted its largest jump in the past three years. Now, September has flown by, October is getting under way, the leaves are changing and … well … little else is.
Sure, the national average price of a gasoline is cheaper that it was a month ago and even a week ago, but its $3.78-per-gallon price tag is still significantly more — 35 cents more, to be exact — than consumers were shelling out at the same time last year.
As usual, things are the worst in hard-to-reach states like Hawaii and Alaska, and the clean-energy focused state of California. While most of us are bemoaning the idea of $4 gas, Hawaii is 40 cents over that threshold already.
Prices have jumped pretty much across the board, too. Even South Carolina — the cheapest state of all — is paying around 7 cents more than it was toward the end of August.
Below is a state-by-state roster of average gas prices from AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge Report, listed from most to least expensive:
|North Dakota||$3.967||New Jersey||$3.797||Missouri||$3.610|
|District of Columbia||$3.890||Delaware||$3.764||Tennessee||$3.545|
|New Hampshire||$3.869||Wyoming||$3.725||South Carolina||$3.506|