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National Gas Prices Rise
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In Turlock, there were multiple gas stations offering prices under $3/gallon on Friday. - photo by Photo Contributed

Gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 0.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.05/gallon, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 201 stations in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has increased 6.1 cents per gallon versus last week to $2.39/gallon, according to GasBuddy.

Average gasoline prices on Feb. 25 in Modesto have ranged widely over the last five years: $3.07/gallon in 2018, $2.69 in 2017, $2.01 in 2016, $2.79 in 2015 and $3.62/gallon in 2014.

Including the change locally during the past week, prices on Feb. 25 were 2.2 cents per gallon lower than a year ago and are 1.6 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 11.6 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 10.8 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.

“Gasoline prices saw their biggest weekly jump of 2019 with the national average now at its highest point since mid-December as oil prices continue to advance,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. “While such jumps are in line with expectations, that doesn’t make them any easier to digest. Unfortunately, we’re likely in store for a continued march higher into March and even April as seasonal trends kick into high gear.”

Areas near Modesto and their current gas price climate include: Stockton - $3.06/gallon, up 1.4 cents per gallon from last week’s $3.04; Oakland - $3.27, down 1.4 cents from $3.28/gallon; and San Jose - $3.28, up 1.7 cents per gallon from last week’s $3.26/gallon.

For LIVE fuel price averages, visit http://FuelInsights.GasBuddy.com.

GasBuddy is the technology company changing the way more than 75 million consumers find, purchase, and save money on gasoline. Founded in 2000, the original GasBuddy website was a pioneer in crowd-sourced information, leveraging technology, big data, and a passionate community that now connects more than 70 million users with real-time, accurate fuel pricing information as well as reliable reviews of gas station amenities and services. The app and website have the most accurate and real-time fuel prices at over 140,000 unique stations in the United States, Canada, and Australia and is the most comprehensive money-saving companion while on the road. GasBuddy is available on all mobile platforms. For more information, visit www.gasbuddy.com.