The price of gasoline rose by more than a nickel a gallon in Massachusetts and New Hampshire last week. The increases made last week the second straight period in which regional pump prices climbed, according to tracking by the auto club AAA.
The group also reported an increase in the U.S. national average price of gasoline, making it nine consecutive weeks in which the 50-state average has climbed higher.
Average prices across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and the U.S. as a whole now stand more than 15 cents per gallon higher than they did at this time last year, AAA figures show.
The Massachusetts state-wide average for self-service regular gas moved to $3.654 on Wednesday, a 7.4-cent increase from the prior Wednesday’s $ 3.580, AAA reported. Wednesday’s Massachusetts average was 16.3 cents higher than the $3.491 reported on the same day last year.
In New Hampshire, a 5.3-cent rise brought the state average for self-service regular to $3.590 on Wednesday, compared to $3.537 the prior Wednesday, according to the auto club. On the same day of 2013, the Granite State average of $3.428 was 16.2 cents lower than Wednesday’s figure.
The U.S coast-to-coast average hit $3.673 on Wednesday, up 2.0 pennies from $3.653 recorded seven days earlier, AAA announced. On the same day of 2013, the national average of $3.515 was 16.8 cents lower than Wednesday’s level.