Salt Lake City—Gas prices continued to fall much of summer in Utah, but jumped four cents in just a week, indicating a likely rise in prices at the pumps late in summer travel season.
Compared to July, however, drivers in Salt Lake City ($2.42) and Provo ($2.43) still paid about 4 cents less overall for gasoline. Prices had been falling until the recent increase over the last 10 days.
Moab drivers paid an average of $2.72 for a gallon of unleaded, the highest prices in the state, according to AAA surveys of local stations. In St. George, gas prices jumped 6 cents since July.
The national average price for gasoline was $2.35, an increase of 9 cents from last week. The price of crude has risen in the last month but still remains just below $50 a barrel.
“AAA predicted that prices would increase late in summer due to high travel demand and a reduction in global oil supply,” said AAA Utah spokesman John Moreno. “West Coast refineries are ramping up production in anticipation of the Aug. 21 eclipse, which will draw more than a million sky-watchers to Oregon, Idaho and Wyoming.”
AAA August 2017 Gas Price Report
|AAA Monthly Gas Price Averages:||Price||Monthly Change|
|SALT LAKE CITY||2.42||– .04|