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ROCKFORD — Gas prices across the city have fallen nearly 4 cents per gallon in the past week to an average of $3.30, according to GasBuddy.

The per gallon prices are 4 cents higher than a month ago and 83.5 cents higher than this time a year ago. The average cost of a gallon of gasoline at this time of year hasn’t been this high since 2012.

The national average price of gasoline rose about 1 cent per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.31 today. The national average is down less than a cent from a month ago and stands 93 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.

“Average gas prices saw a slight boost over the last week as the rising price of crude oil continues to push prices up,” Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy, said in a news release. “While the rise was fairly tame, some states still saw slight declines. Gasoline demand, aside from motorists filling up ahead of the weekend winter storm, has been lackluster.”

DeHaan said the real pain at the pump will start in about four to six weeks. He previously forecasted that gas would reach $4 per gallon by spring.

“Oil prices continue to edge higher as oil production remains a concern due to unrest in Libya and Kazakhstan, however, some improvement in the latter situation could lead to oil prices being more subdued,” he said in a news release.

Jan. 17 historical gas prices

Year | Rockford | National average

2021: $2.46 | $2.38
2020: $2.51 | $2.55
2019: $2.05 | $2.25
2018: $2.54 | $2.55
2017: $2.34 | $2.33
2016: $1.81  | $1.90
2015: $1.89 | $2.07
2014: $3.28 | $3.29
2013: $3.25 | $3.29
2012: $3.50 | $3.38

Source: GasBuddy

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