Connecticut, national gas prices creep upward

Connecticut and national average gas prices are creeping slowly upward after nearly eight weeks of decline.

Today (August 22) Connecticut’s average gas price of $2.26 has increased $.04 cents compared to this time last week, a slow climb that started late last week. Nationally, the average price of a gallon of gas also increased by $.04 cents from today’s $2.16 average from last week’s $2.12.

In both cases, however, average gas prices are still significantly lower to this time last year. Connecticut’s price is $.44 cents lower and the national average $.46 cents lower compared to this time in 2015.

Connecticut continues to hold the 15th spot on the list of states with the highest gas prices.

After weeks of decline, prices are increasing slightly because of higher crude oil prices — they jumped to about $48-$50 a barrel — and some Western and Midwestern refineries offline because of several operational issues.

AAA’s weekly survey of prices in the Nutmeg State’s four regional areas as follows:

  • Greater Bridgeport/Stamford $2.35

  • New Haven/Meriden $2.25

  • Greater Hartford $2.23

  • New London/Norwich $2.26

  • Statewide average $2.26

Hawaii and California at $2.69 and $2.66, respectively, continue to lead the pack as the states with the highest averages. South Carolina at $1.87 continues to be the state with the lowest price; followed by Alabama at $1.90. A full rundown of gas prices is available on the revamped national AAA website: .

AAA Northeast is a not-for-profit auto club with 62 offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Jersey providing more than 6 million local AAA members with travel, insurance, finance, and auto-related services.