---- — After two weeks of stability and small declines, regional gasoline prices closed January with an upward bounce. Tracking by the auto club AAA showed the average price of self-service regular gas gaining more than a nickle per gallon last week in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The increase was enough to put the Massachusetts average above $3.50 per gallon. New Hampshire stayed just below that level.
The average across the U.S. as a whole saw a slightly greater increase, making last week the second consecutive week in which the national average rose, according to auto club figures.
Massachusetts drivers paid an average of $3.521 per gallon for self-service regular on Wednesday, AAA reported. That was 5.4 cents higher than the prior Wednesday’s average of $3.467. On the same day last year, the Bay State average of $3.513 was just 0.8 cents below Wednesday’s level.
The New Hampshire state-wide average reached $3.472 on Wednesday, up 6.1 cents from the $3.411 recorded by AAA seven days earlier. Wednesday’s Granite State average was 1.4 cents higher than the $3.458 reported on the same day of 2012.
The U.S. coast-to-coast average rose by 7.8 cents last week, reaching $3.394 on Wednesday, compared to $3.316 seven days earlier. But one year earlier, the average price of gasoline across the U.S. was slightly higher. The auto club’s national average on the same day last year, at $3.443, was 4.9 cents above Wednesday’s figure.