---- — Pump prices surged higher last week, with Massachusetts and New Hampshire levels increasing by about five percent during the seven-day span that ended Wednesday. Service-station tracking by the auto club AAA showed a rise of more than 18 cents per gallon for self-service regular gas in both states. The overall U.S. average rose by nearly 16 cents over the same period.
Last week was the second straight week in which both regional and national averages increased, according to AAA.
In Massachusetts, the average price for self-service regular gas reached $3.706 on Wednesday, AAA reported. That was was 18.6 cents higher than the prior Wednesday’s figure of $3.520. Wednesday’s average was 18.8 cents higher than the Bay State level of $3.518 reported by the auto club on the same day of 2012.
The New Hampshire average for self-service regular gasoline climbed 18.4 cents last week, settling at $3.647 on Wednesday, compared to $3.463 seven days earlier, according to AAA. On the same day last year, the Granite State average of $3.454 was 19.3 cents lower than Wednesday’s level.
The auto club published an overall national average of $3.567 on Wednesday. That was 15.6 pennies above the prior week’s level of $3.501. Wednesday’s national average was 25.1 cents higher than the $3.406 recorded on the same day last year.