(Big 2/Fox 24) – gas prices in the state of Texas saw a slight increase this week, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch.
The prices is up two cents from the same day last week but 81 cents less than the same time last year, a report from AAA Texas reads.
“Texas has the second lowest statewide gas price in the country, however pump prices continue an upward trajectory with more people driving and crude oil prices rising,” Daniel Armbruster, AAA Texas Spokesman, said. “Even as gas prices increase, they remain far less expensive than last year.”
The average price per gallon in Texas is $1.66, .33 cents lower than the national average which sits at $1.99.
Of the major metropolitan areas in Texas, drivers in El Paso are paying the most on average at $1.89, according to the release.
AAA Texas attributes an increase in demand and an increase in refinery utilization.