After a month of gradual declines, the average retail price of gasoline in the Sacramento area rose 2.2 cents per gallon over the past week, according to national gas price tracker GasBuddy.com, which does a daily survey of 720 gas stations in the area.
The price of gas in the area is $3.68 a gallon.
Area prices are still 39.8 cents lower than one year ago and 10.5 cents lower than last month.
GasBuddy said the national average price increased 4.1 cents over the past week to $3.61 a gallon down 2.4 cents from last month and 18.7 cents below the year-ago total.
American motorists faced with slightly higher gasoline prices going into Labor Day weekend still had good reason to be happy as they returned home, said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy. Over the long weekend, Americans saved nearly $300 million over what was spent for the four-day weekend last year.
The national average was close to 20 cents per gallon lower this year, and while Syria has dominated the news and so far caused a relatively small blip in gasoline prices, this summer driving season closed with the lowest prices since 2010.
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