28 US States Just Hit Highest Average Gas Prices in History, National Average Breaks Record

    Gas prices may have appeared to be stabilizing over the past two weeks, but sadly, it looks like the price hikes are far from over.

    Jeff Gritchen/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images

    Jeff Gritchen/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images

    Overnight Monday night, the national average gas price per gallon jumped about five cents to $4,374 on Tuesday, a record high for the country that doesn’t appear to be slowing any time soon.

    Prior to this week, March 11 this year held the record for the highest ever national average at $4.33 per gallon.

    Tuesday’s average is a shocking increase of $1,407 from the national average a year ago, per year AAA

    Diesel also saw skyrocketing numbers, with the national average reaching $5.55 a gallon.

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    Long lines at gas stations and unprecedented high prices to fill tanks have plagued Americans in recent months due to supply chain problems, inflation and fuel outages caused by the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

    “Russian oil coming off the world market would come at a cost, and Americans see that at the pump,” the White House said in late March.

    Prices appeared to temporarily stabilize (even fall) in April as the US began tapping its oil reserves to bring more fuel to market, but more than a month later inflation appears to be picking up again.

    On a state-by-state basis, New York hit all-time highs of $4,671 a gallon on Tuesday, nearly 30 cents above the national average.

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    Other states that saw record highs on Tuesday included Illinois ($4,693 per gallon), Oregon ($4,851), Washington ($4,871), Idaho ($4,484), Colorado ($4,101), Montana ($4,226), Wyoming ($4,220 ), New Mexico ($4,211), South Dakota ($4,099), Texas ($4,068), Iowa ($4,083), Wisconsin ($4,177), Indiana ($4,328), Tennessee ($4,125), Kentucky ($4,096 ), West Virginia ($4,198), Ohio ($4,177), Michigan ($4,346), Rhode Island ($4,413), New Hampshire ($4,342), Maryland ($4,414), Washington DC ($4,711), Hawaii $ 5,299, Pennsylvania ($4,541), New Jersey ($4,490), Delaware ($4,404), and Massachusetts ($4,427).

    “Since the cost of oil is more than half of the pump price, more expensive oil means more expensive gasoline,” Andrew Gross, a spokesperson for AAA, said in a statement. NBC News† “These prices are getting closer to the record levels of early March.”

    With Memorial Day and the summer travel season just around the corner, it’s clear that fuel demand is anything but stagnant, let alone declining.

    Since late Tuesday afternoon, WTI crude oil was estimated at 99.58 a barrel.

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