Trips To The Gas Pump Are Becoming More Painful

Gas Prices Spike All Across Florida

According to AAA, gas prices have spiked all across Florida in the past week. In Tampa fuel prices are up 18 cents, averaging $2.39 per gallon.

Tampa’s spike in prices is more than three times the national increase of 5.7 cents. But it’s not just Tampa seeing the price increase. Florida in general has seen a 12 cent spike in the past week. AAA says the national average price for unleaded gas is at its highest since 2015.

According to GasBuddy, an app that compares gas prices, gas prices were 24.3 cents cheaper last month and 42 cents cheaper at this time last year.

“This is the type of volatility we’ve come to expect this time of year,” AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said in a prepared statement to the Florida Times-Union. “The major factors weighing on the market right now are supply and demand.”

“People are beginning to drive more as the weather improves, causing an uptick in demand and a decline in gasoline inventories.”

GasBuddy said in a statement to the Tampa Bay Times that a combination of the seasonal change, political climate in Syria and the heightened price per barrel for oil are other reasons for the price jump.