CHEYENNE — The average price for a gallon of self-serve, regular unleaded gasoline in Wyoming set a record: $1.98.
Wednesday's price eclipsed the $1.97 record from Oct. 30 and was up 19 cents from just a month ago, according to AAA Wyoming.
"Most consumers have been preparing for the inevitability of higher gasoline prices for some time," AAA Wyoming spokeswoman Denice Harris said in a release.
"With crude oil prices well above $50 per barrel and the now traditional spring increase in pump prices underway, Wyoming residents are begrudgingly spending more money than ever before at the filling stations."
Prices have increased more sharply in the West over the past month than in any other region. The Western average of $2.22 was up nearly 31 cents from a month ago.
Wednesday's nationwide average of $2.05 was just 1 cent short of a new record.
The nationwide average a year ago was $1.72. Five years ago it was $1.54.
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