FRAMINGHAM – Gasoline prices in Massachusetts are down one cent this week but are still seven cents higher than at the beginning of January, according to AAA Northeast, which has an office in Framingham.
AAA’s January 29 survey of prices in Massachusetts finds self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $2.50 per gallon.
The Massachusetts price is eight cents below the national average for regular unleaded of $2.58.
A year ago at this time, the average price in Massachusetts was 30 cents lower at $2.20.
“Compared to the first few weeks of January last year, consumer gasoline demand is noticeably higher, which is surprising given the frigid winter much of the country has experienced this month,” said Mary Maguire, Director of Public and Legislative Affairs, in a media release. “But demand isn’t the only factor driving prices up. Crude oil has been selling at expensive rates the past few months. Those higher market prices are now trickling over to consumers at the pump.”
The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 38 cents, from a low of $2.41 to a high of $2.79.
AAA Northeast is a not-for-profit auto club with 65 offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, New Hampshire and New York, providing more than 5.7 million local AAA members with travel, insurance, finance, and auto-related services.