Extending the trend into its fifth consecutive week, gasoline prices in Massachusetts and New Hampshire rose again last week.
In the Bay State, a jump of nearly 6 cents per gallon left the average price for self-service regular gas close to the $3-per-gallon milestone, according to price tracking by the auto club AAA.
The Massachusetts average reached $2.919 on Wednesday. That was 5.7 cents higher than the prior Wednesday's average of $2.862, AAA reported. Wednesday's average was 83 cents higher than the Bay State figure of $2.086 recorded on the same day last year.
In New Hampshire, Wednesday's state-wide average of $2.853 was a 4.2 cent increase from the prior week's figure of $2.811, according to the auto club. On the same day last year, the New Hampshire average of $2.049 was 80 cents below Wednesday's level.
Wednesday's coast-to-coast average of $2.919 marked a five penny increase from the national average of $2.869 recorded by AAA seven days earlier. On the same day in 2009, the national average of $2.110 was 81 cents below Wednesday's level.