One of the few upsides to this whole COVID-19 mess has been lower prices at the pump week after week. Now, gas prices are on the uptick.

AAA-Chicago says state gas price averages increased for less than a dozen states in the last week, but they were large enough jumps to push an increase to the national average. At $1.78, today’s average is a penny more expensive than last week, 16 cents less than a month ago and $1.11 cheaper than last year at this time.

AAA-Chicago's Molly Hart:

As some states begin to re-open businesses, those states will likely see demand increase and pump prices will likely follow suit. Although U.S. gasoline demand has incrementally increased, it remains below 6 million barrels per day. On the week, the Great Lakes and Central region saw double-digit increases in a few states, but the bulk of the country saw decreases of a nickel or less. Pump price fluctuation will continue across the country in coming weeks, especially as more states re-open and motorists begin driving more.

 

Monday

Sunday

Week Ago

Month Ago

One Year Ago

National

$1.784$1.784$1.774$1.944$2.895

Chicago Metro

$1.989$1.983$1.923$2.108$3.234

Chicago City

$2.193$2.177$2.128$2.329$3.387

Bloomington

$1.719$1.718$1.627$1.740$2.840

Champaign

$1.897$1.883$1.814$1.984$2.809

Peoria

$1.833$1.833$1.793$1.984$2.800

Rockford

$1.718$1.712$1.604$1.780$2.845

Springfield

$1.628$1.625$1.376$1.609$2.841

Fort Wayne, IN

$1.590$1.589$1.335$1.548$2.841

South Bend IN

$1.550$1.555$1.241$1.455$2.900