As predicted by analysts, Sacramento-area gas prices took off over the past week.
The average retail price of gasoline locally rose 13.8 cents, coming in at $3.95 a gallon, according to national price tracker GasBuddy.com, which surveys 720 stations in the area.
Sacramento prices are now 28.5 cents lower than they were a year ago but 11.4 cents higher than a month ago. Statewide, GasBuddy said Monday's average is $4.03, up from last week's $3.89.
Nationally, the average price of gas rose 6.2 cents to an average of $3.57 a gallon up 5 cents from last month and 15.4 cents below a year ago.
Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy, said he understands the frustration of motorists from coast to coast.
"Many motorists remain skeptical of the so-called reasons that we blame higher prices on: refinery production and maintenance, tightening supply and the now-completed switchover to EPA-mandated cleaner summer gasoline," he said. "Tight gasoline supply exists, especially along the West Coast, and other factors are coming into play in some of the bigger metro areas where more expensive reformulated gasoline has hit pumps."
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