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Gas hits highest price since October

5:02 PM, Feb 12, 2013   |    comments
John Magel pumps gas at a station in Wethersfield, Conn. , in a 2011 file photo (Photo: Jessica Hill/ AP)
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Gasoline prices have climbed past $3.60 a gallon nationally for the first time since October in the government's weekly price survey.

The price of a gallon of regular unleaded stands at $3.611 in the survey released today, up 7.3 cents a gallon from a week ago and 3.6 cents from the same week last year, the Energy Informational Administration reports.

Gas prices have steadily climbed since they hit a low of $3.254 for the week of Dec. 17. They haven't hit $3.60 a gallon since Oct. 22, the EIA pricing history shows.

Prices typically climb as the nation comes into the spring driving season, but as the weather attests, we're still a long ways off.

The news wasn't all bad. Motorists living in the lower Atlantic region and Gulf Coast actually saw price declines for the week -- both less than a penny a gallon.

The West Coast had the highest priced gas, at $3.867 a gallon while the Rocky Mountains had the lowesst, at 3.274 a gallon.

Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY

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