Gas prices climbing in South Sound

Staff writerApril 16, 2014 

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FILE - Customers fill the pumps at the Shell gas station in westside Olympia, where regular unleaded was selling for $3.39 per gallon on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. (The Olympian, Tony Overman file)

TONY OVERMAN — The Olympian Buy Photo

If you find gasoline selling for less than $3.60 a gallon in the South Sound this week, fill up.

Gas prices are rising quickly with increases of nearly 8 cents a gallon in the past week. Those average prices are up 20 cents a gallon in the past month.

Gas prices nationally are the highest in eight months as stockpiles shrink amid increasing demand.

The average price for a gallon of unleaded regular in the Olympia area Tuesday was $3.81, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report. The lowest price on Tuesday was $3.64 a gallon at the Steamboat Trading Post, 6610 Sexton Drive NW.

The average price for a gallon of unleaded regular in the Tacoma area Tuesday was also at $3.81.

Though federal energy officials say gas prices in the summer will be lower nationwide this year than last, prices here now exceed the national average by about 20 cents a gallon.

Present average prices locally are about 18 cents more than they were here last year at this time.

Bloomerg News contributed to this report.

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