AAA: The average price on Saturday was a fraction of a penny over $5.00. Motorists in some parts of the country, especially California, are paying far above that. The national average price has jumped 19 cents in just the past week. It is up $1.93 from this time last year.

β€œI'm losing money because some passengers I pick up, they don't care about that,” one man says. β€œIt's not just gas. It's groceries, everything is going up.” Americans are still burning less gasoline than they did before the pandemic.

The amount of fuel consumed last week was down 3% from the previous week and 6% from this time last year. Americans typically drive more starting around Memorial Day, so demand is up. Global oil prices are rising, compounded by sanctions against Russia, a leading oil producer.

California has the highest average price, at $6.43, according to AAA. Mississippi has the lowest average price at $4.52. While this is the first time breaking the $5 barrier, it's still not a record when inflation is taken into account. Gas peaked in July 2008 at about $5.40 a gallon.
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