Gasoline prices in Pittsburgh area continue to rise

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Drivers in the Pittsburgh area will have to reach a bit deeper into their purse or wallet to fill the tank this week.

The average retail gas prices have risen 5.5 cents per gallon in the past week, according to GasBuddy's survey of 731 gas outlets in Pittsburgh. The average price reached $3.62 a gallon yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 5.0 cents per gallon in the past week to $3.40 a gallon, according to

"The rate of increase in the national average has accelerated over the last week, and the worst is likely yet to come," Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan said.

Prices yesterday, however, were 20.1 cents per gallon cheaper than the same day one year ago but are 11.7 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 12.5 cents per gallon during the past month, which stands 32.6 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

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