It’s a good news, bad news situation in Kansas when it comes to gas prices.

The good news is that Kansas is ranked 12th in lowest gasoline prices in the nation. The bad news is for the third straight week gas prices rose in the state.

Dodge City continues to show gas prices that are lower than the state average.

According to AAA Kansas,

average gas prices across Kansas rose 1 cent per gallon to $2.23 this week. This is a much slower rate of increase than the two previous weeks, which saw consecutive 6- and 5-cent increases.

"Although we’re still experiencing relatively affordable gas prices across Kansas, compared to the national average and compared to recent years, strong gasoline demand has driven our continued increase in prices at the pump this summer," said AAA Kansas spokesman Shawn Steward. "We expect gas prices to continue their rise through the busy Labor Day holiday travel weekend."

Kansas gas prices are still 12 cents less than the national average.

Today’s national average price for regular unleaded gasoline is $2.35 per gallon, which is flat on the week, 9 cents more than one month ago, and 22 cents more than last year. Compared to 7 days ago, gas prices are more expensive in 27 states, cheaper in 12 states and flat in 12 states. The West Coast, Rockies and Midwest regions are seeing the bulk of the increases at the pump.

"Prices at the pump continue a slow, upward climb as the summer season draws to a close," said Steward. "As we get closer to Labor Day and demand and production rates grow, drivers will likely see some of the highest prices at the pump this year."

GasBuddy.com sees a possible dip in gas prices upcoming.

"For the fourth straight week gasoline prices have risen, pushing the national average this week to its highest level of the summer so far," said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy. "There are some signs, however, that we may be nearing a short-term peak as the climb in gasoline prices has begun to slow.

"The number of states seeing gas prices decline versus a week ago rose to its highest level in three weeks, a sign that gas prices have in these areas have caught up to the rise in oil prices. While that sign alone doesn’t guarantee lower prices, it suggests that fewer price increases are in store as stations await oil’s next move. Last week saw oil prices fluctuate little until Friday, when prices fell and closed the week under $49 per barrel, with many ‘wait and see’ factors weighing on the market, such as the Venezuela situation, hurricane season and declining U.S. oil inventories."

Locally, Dillon’s, Kwik Stops and Murphy USA are all listed at $2.16 a gallon, with other stations in the area being between $2.18 and $2.28 a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline.

 

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