Gas prices in the southeastern U.S. moved in opposite directions during the past week. While pump prices moved lower in Georgia and Tennessee, they quickly climbed in Florida.
Gas prices in Georgia are 2 cents less than a week ago. The state average of $2.76 per gallon is the 17th-lowest in the nation. The lowest gas prices in the U.S. are in Alabama, where the average price is $2.57/g.
The most expensive gas price averages in Georgia are in Atlanta ($2.82), Gainesville ($2.77), and Brunswick ($2.74)
The least expensive gas price averages in Georgia are in Augusta-Aiken ($2.60), Columbus ($2.62), and Catoosa-Dade-Walker ($2.62)
“Strong demand pushed gas prices higher in some states last week, as families squeeze in one final vacation before the kids go back to school,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA - The Auto Club Group. “However, the most recent figures from the EIA show gasoline demand is beginning to slip, which relieves some of that upward pressure on prices at the pump.
“Traditionally, gas prices decline in the second half of the year, due to lower demand,” Jenkins continued. “However, oil analysts forecast significant volatility in the oil market through the end of the year, leaving a big question mark for the long-term direction of prices at the pump.”