PHOENIX (AP) — Gas prices remained steady in Arizona and around the nation heading into Memorial Day, but drivers are paying more than $1 per gallon more than they were last year.
AAA Arizona says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in Arizona was $3.122, down a penny from a week ago. Drivers were paying an average of $2 a gallon a year ago at this time.
The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline was $3.04, unchanged from last week. Drivers were paying an average of $1.96 a gallon a year ago at this time.
In Pinal County the average is $3.097 a gallon, with many locations in Casa Grande and the central county still below $3 a gallon.
Analysts say demand for gas increased last week, which will likely contribute to fluctuating prices at the pump through the Memorial Day weekend as 94% of holiday travelers — an estimated 34 million Americans — will be on the roads.