Business: $3 a gallon for unleaded? Average gas prices haven’t been this high since 2014.

Business: $3 a gallon for unleaded? Average gas prices haven’t been this high since 2014.

$3 a gallon for unleaded at Kroger on Thursday morning before discounts. Hometown photo.

The above image, taken Thursday morning at the Kroger pumps in Rome, were a surprise to us. We expected maybe $2.87. Instead, a gallon of unleaded was selling for $2.999 before applying any of the store’s discounts ($2.77 was the final price).

Gas had gone up during the recent Colonial Pipeline extortion but not to this level. We checked with Georgia Gas Prices and found we’re at the high per-gallon price since 2014 (please see chart below).

“Georgians have seen prices hold steady at the pump for the past few weeks,” said Garrett Townsend, AAA-The Auto Club Group Public Affairs Director. “However, motorists can expect increases at the pump through the end of the month as peak driving season continues and demand grows.”

More from AAA: The national average for a gallon of regular gasoline has increased by a penny to $3.14. In its latest weekly report, new data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) showed gas demand jumped from 9.17 million barrels a day to 10.04 million barrels a day last week. The estimated rate is the highest weekly gas demand estimate released by EIA since 1991 and only reflects one day of the Independence Day holiday weekend.

Check latest prices in your community: AAA 

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