The gasoline demand increased on the week to the highest level since March, according to AAA. The national gas price average only increased one penny, at $2.19. That's nine cents more than June and nearly 60 cents less than a year ago.
In the West Coast region, pump prices slowly increased last week, and the trend is expected to continue, AAA predicted. Hawaii and California remain the most expensive markets in the country.
In Chico, gas prices have fallen 2.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.98 per gallon Monday. According to GasBuddy, gas prices in Chico are 11.2 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 77.4 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.