- Associated Press - Thursday, March 24, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - Gasoline prices around Arizona rose sharply at the pumps this week.

Officials with Triple-A Arizona said Thursday the average statewide price for unleaded regular gasoline is $1.97 a gallon, an increase of more than 15 cents from last week.

This week’s national average is $2.01 per gallon, up by a nickel from last week.

Triple-A analysts say the jump is due to seasonal increases in demand and reduced production at some refineries. They say the statewide average will climb above $2 per gallon in the coming days.

Tucson currently has Arizona’s lowest average gasoline price at $1.82 a gallon and Flagstaff the highest at $2.07.

New Jersey has the lowest average gas price among states in the continental U.S. at $1.77 a gallon with California the highest at $2.72.

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