After five straight weeks of declining gas prices in Georgia, the state saw a 12-cent price spike over the last week.
According to Monday morning's report from AAA, the average price in the state is now $3.26. Georgia wasn't alone, as prices nationally rose by an average of 7 cents per gallon.
According to AAA Spokeswoman Montrae Waiters, it wasn't a decrease in demand that led to this price jump.
“Less expensive oil and fewer people fueling usually indicates lower pump prices. However, there is some upward pricing pressure now due to the switch to summer blend gasoline, which may add about five to ten cents per gallon. But if demand and oil costs remain low, this recent price bounce may fade,” Waiters said.
The spike in prices was even more dramatic locally. Hall County saw its average price jump from $3.02 per gallon up to $3.21, a 17-cent jump. The cheapest average prices in Northeast Georgia are in Habersham County at $3.13 per gallon. The most expensive are in White County at an average of $3.30.
The most expensive average gas prices in the state are in Hancock County in Middle Georgia at $3.54 per gallon while the cheapest are in Jeff Davis County in Southeast Georgia at $3.10.