Gas prices continue to jump as crude oil costs surge

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Surging crude oil costs have sent U.S. gas prices to their highest price since 2014, according to AAA.

Prices of U.S. crude climbed above $80, a seven-year high, and that’s putting upward pressure on retail gas prices.

For the week, the national average for regular jumps eight cents to $3.28 a gallon.

The Oregon average rose three cents to $3.76.

In Bend, the average price of a gallon of gas is $3.86

The national average is at its highest price since October 2014. The Oregon average is a little lower than its year-to-date high of $3.80 reached on August 19.

Oregon is one of 46 states where prices are higher this week. Oregon has the sixth-smallest weekly gain in the nation.

The District of Columbia (+15 cents) has the largest weekly increase in the country. Idaho (-1 cent) has the largest week-over-week decline.

California ($4.44) and Hawaii ($4.13) continue to have the most expensive gas prices in the country and are the only states in the nation with averages above $4 a gallon, and 44 states and the District of Columbia are at or above $3, up from 38 states and D.C. a week ago.

The cheapest gas in the nation is in Mississippi ($2.92) and Texas ($2.92).

For the 40th week in a row, no state has an average below $2 a gallon.

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