Labor Day weekend pump prices still expected to be lowest in more than a decade

Though the summer saw gas prices by and large remaining steady or dropping nationally and statewide, the past couple weeks have seen a different story. National gas prices have risen every day for the last two weeks, according to a report from AAA Western and Central New York. 

The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline is now $2.22 per gallon, up 6 cents from last week. Across New York, the average is $2.33 per gallon, up 3 cents from last week — though still quite a bit below the state average of $2.65 a year ago.

In Canandaigua on Monday, the cheapest pump price was $2.21 per gallon, at five different service stations (the Mobil and Speedway on Lakeshore Drive; the Sunoco and Valero on South Main Street, and the Kwik Fill on Route 332 near North Street. 

AAA cites "a number of factors" pushing pump prices up: higher crude oil prices, refinery issues in the Gulf Coast, and "the threat of a tropical weather system moving into the Gulf of Mexico." Refineries will begin to switch to the less-expensive winter-blend gasoline in mid-September, according the AAA.

Despite the increase, says AAA, drivers remain on track to pay the lowest Labor Day gas prices since 2004.


Closer to home

AAA Western and Central New York reports the following averages:

• Buffalo — $2.28 (up 1 cent)

• Rochester — $2.28 (up 4 cents)

• Syracuse — $2.21 (up 5 cents)