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High Gas Prices Likely to Stick Around Through Holidays – NBC 7 San Diego

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If you stop for gas these days you may be left with lighter pockets than expected.

“I’m now paying $5.09 a gallon,” said Rita Bander, a San Diego resident. “I’ve never seen them this high, never never.”

“I just filled up $82,” said Jordan Martin, San Diego resident. “[It’s] kind of a lot for me because I know that a month ago I could get a full tank for maybe $70.”

According to data from AAA gas prices have soared to a seven-year high, reaching a nationwide average of $3.41, that’s $1.28 more than a year ago. And in San Diego, the prices are much higher.

“The current average in the San Diego area is now $4.62 for a gallon of regular unleaded,” said Doug Shupe, spokesperson for AAA. “That is seven cents more than a week ago, 22 cents more than a month ago, and $1.47 more per gallon than a year ago.”

“It’s a tough situation,” said Alan Gin, an economics professor at the University of San Diego.

Gin says the increase is in…

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