DuBois, PA – Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania increased by about five cents this week to $2.67 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.
Pennsylvania is generally in the top ten ranking for the most expensive gas in the United States, and this week’s prices are no exception.
The national average for a gallon of unleaded gas is currently $2.41.
Part of the reason why Pennsylvania’s cost is so much greater is because of a high gas tax throughout the state. This gas tax goes towards paying for construction and maintenance on state roads, along with some funding for state troopers who travel on state highways.
Pennsylvania isn’t the only one with a recent increase in gas prices. The national average has now increased for 20 consecutive days, and pump prices in 43 states and Washington D.C. have moved higher over the last week.
This increase was most prevalent in the East Coast region where refiners wrapped up seasonal turnaround, resulting in significant prices increases.