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Gas prices up 39 cents from a year ago

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Average retail gasoline prices are lowest in states in the South and Southeast.

19 states, including California, registered the highest price for a gallon of gas.

The price of USA crude oil has been on a mostly steady incline since last June, last week hitting $68.64, the highest since December 2014.

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County rose four-tenths of a cent today to $3.67, its highest amount since August 25, 2015.

A gallon of unleaded gasoline averaged about $2.48 in Charlotte at the beginning of April, gasbuddy reports, and the average is now up to $2.68. That is higher than the state average of $2.60 and slightly higher than the national average of $2.81.

California has the most expensive gas in the nation, averaging $3.60 per gallon, and Hawaii is second ($3.53), according to gasbuddy.com.

However, prices may stabilize during the summer months.

"Motorist have been spoiled the past few years with inexpensive gas prices", said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. "OPEC is producing less crude oil and the us is exporting more crude oil". It has the most expensive average. And with good reason: Gasoline purchases account for approximately 5% of consumer spending in any given year. Businesses that offer delivery services are also anxious about gas prices because they don't know whether they can continue to provide the service to customers or not.

Several factors have helped drive oil prices higher. An average of $2.76 a gallon would translate into an additional $190 spent on fuel by the average US household this year compared to last. These impacts on the oil market, as well as Venezuela's significantly lowered output, have caused prices to rise globally.

In the U.S., oil supplies were running 1.1 million barrels lower at the start of this summer's driving season, which runs from April through September, than a year ago, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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Gas Buddy experts expect the prices to increase the next couple of weeks and then you'll see a dip in June-which is typical.