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Gas prices jump by 7 cents over past 2 weeks, to $1.84

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

CAMARILLO, Calif. — The average price of gasoline has jumped by 7 cents over the past two weeks, to $1.84 a gallon.

In this July 16, 2015, photo, a customer refuels her car at a Costco in Pittsburgh.  U.S. consumer prices rose modestly in October 2015 as low gasoline costs and a strong dollar have suppressed inflation. The Labor Department says the consumer price index rose 0.2 percent last month after falling in September and August. Gas costs increased 0.4 percent in October but have plunged 27.8 percent over the past 12 months. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that despite the increase, the price is 70 cents per gallon cheaper than a year ago.

Lundberg says the moderate price hike is due to growing demand for gasoline across the nation and higher crude oil prices.

In the Lower 48 states, the highest average price of regular gasoline was $2.51 per gallon in Los Angeles. The lowest was $1.33 in Tucson, Arizona.

The U.S. average diesel price is $2.07 per gallon, down less than a cent from two weeks ago and down 96 cents per gallon from what it was a year ago.