You might not have known it from signs posted at some local gas stations over the Labor Day weekend, but Sacramento-area gas prices are pretty much frozen.
The average price of gas in the area did not move over the past week, staying at an average $4.08 a gallon, according to the latest weekly report by SactoGasPrices.com, a GasBuddy.com website.
The previous week, area prices fell 0.4 cents a gallon.
However, local motorists are still feeling the pain from a 25.8-cent spike following an Aug. 6 fire that damaged a key Chevron refinery in Richmond.
Pump prices are 21.5 cents per gallon higher than they were one year ago and 35.7 cents higher than last month.
Nationally, GasBuddy said, the average price of gas increased 1.4 cents over the past week to $3.80 a gallon up 20.3 cents from last month and 12.9 cents from last year.
Analysts expressed hope that prices might now edge downward.
"With the conclusion of the summer driving season, we can expect gasoline prices to go on a diet," said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.
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