It's become readily visible on signs at gasoline stations in the Pittsburgh area: prices are on the rise.
Average retail gasoline prices in Pittsburgh have risen 4.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.72 a gallon yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 731 gas outlets in the Pittsburgh area.
Prices yesterday were 10.2 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 6.5 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.
The national average shows prices have increased 2.3 cents per gallon in the past week to $3.62 a gallon. The national average has increased 11.9 cents per gallon during the past month and stands 12.1 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.
"The national average now stands at its highest level since last August," GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan said. "The increases will likely continue to persist, at worst for another month or so, but at best, we could see some relief arrive as soon as May rolls in."