GASOLINE PRICES INCREASED for the fifth consecutive week in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, rising a penny to $3.53 in Rhode Island and to $3.45 in Massachusetts for a gallon of self-serve, unleaded regular.
PROVIDENCE – Gasoline prices rose a penny in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts this week, marking the fifth consecutive week of price increases, according to the weekly survey by AAA Southern New England.
A gallon of self-serve, unleaded regular gas averaged $3.53 in Rhode Island in the Dec. 23 survey, 1 cent more than the price a week ago. Similarly, in Massachusetts, the average price for self-serve, unleaded regular this week was $3.45 per gallon, also 1 cent higher than last week.
The average prices in both states came in 9 cents greater than the averages a month ago. A year ago, the same gas cost $3.51 per gallon in Rhode Island and $3.40 per gallon in Massachusetts.
Self-serve, unleaded regular varied in price from $3.44 to $3.70 across the Ocean State in the survey. The average per-gallon prices for different grades of gas ranged from $3.76 for mid-grade unleaded to $3.87 for premium unleaded to $3.98 for diesel.
Self-serve, unleaded regular ranged in price across Massachusetts from $3.35 to $3.60 per gallon. Mid-grade unleaded averaged $3.64 this week, while premium unleaded cost an average of $3.75 per gallon and diesel posted an average price of $3.96 per gallon.
Prices in both states remain above this week’s national average of $3.25 for a gallon of unleaded regular – 28 cents lower than Rhode Island and 20 cents lower than Massachusetts – which rose 2 cents over last week’s average.