The national gas price average is six cents more expensive on the week at $1.84, but still cheaper on the month and year. For now.

But, as more and more of the country gets involved in reopening, more people will be gassing up their vehicles more frequently, and AAA-Chicago says that gas prices are beginning to show it.

Regardless of the national increase, 40 states still have averages of $2.00 or less per gallon.

AAA-Chicago's Molly Hart:

Pump prices are fluctuating throughout the country as demand increases and gasoline stocks decrease. The boost in demand continues to push pump prices up around the country, as more states re-open businesses. Motorists in the Great Lakes, Central, South and Southeast states are seeing the most volatility at the pump.

The Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest data report showed demand for gasoline increased by 800,000 b/d to 6.7 million b/d last week, which is 3.2 million b/d less than last year at this time. Gas demand is expected to continue to grow, leading pump prices to continue their increase.

The Great Lakes and Central States region is seeing the highest volatility in the country at the pump with eight states in the region topping the list for the largest weekly change. This region routinely sees pump price fluctuation, so it is no surprise to see significant increases within the Great Lakes and Central states as many states begin to re-open.

In addition to being home to the largest weekly increases, this is also the only region in the country with state gas price averages more expensive compared to last month.

 

Monday

Sunday

Week Ago

Month Ago

One Year Ago

National

$1.847$1.844$1.784$1.873$2.866

Chicago Metro

$2.286$2.275$1.989$2.032$3.301

Chicago City

$2.389$2.369$2.193$2.241$3.425

Bloomington

$1.980$1.980$1.719$1.712$2.752

Champaign

$2.150$2.145$1.897$1.915$2.721

Peoria

$2.054$2.050$1.833$1.901$2.773

Rockford

$1.971$1.964$1.718$1.692$2.804

Springfield

$1.960$1.971$1.628$1.504$2.781

Fort Wayne, IN

$1.887$1.884$1.590$1.431$2.741

South Bend IN

$1.859$1.866$1.550$1.341$2.833