Gas prices up slightly — but still better than this time last year

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As summer begins to wane, the U.S. is seeing a slight increase in the average cost of a gallon of gas.

While the national average is up 4 cents in the past week — from $2.12 to $2.16 — the rise still puts gas prices lower than they were heading into Labor Day weekend last year, according to data from GasBuddy.com.

Last year, the average gas price in Florida clocked in at $3.31. Prices have steadily gone down since then. This week’s rise is the first average increase of the summer.

In Florida, the rise over the past week is just a little steeper: up 5 cents, from an average of $2.07 to $2.12. In Palm Beach County, that increase isn’t quite as dramatic: The average price is up just 2 cents to $2.24.

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