Gas pains again?

Staff reports

Average retailgasoline prices in New York have risen 8.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.60/g Monday, Jan. 9. This compares with the national average that has increased 7.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.34/g, according to gasoline price website NewYorkStateGasPrices.com.

Including the change in gas prices in New York during the past week, prices yesterday were 30.3 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 5.4 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 4.7 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 27.0 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

“Gas prices are rising across much of the nation as Iran has continued to threaten closing the Strait of Hormuz, a vital waterway for global oil shipments,” said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan, comparing the situation to the start of the crisis in Libya and blaming emotion for the recent uptick in gasoline prices.