Gas prices in Massachusetts went up three cents this week with self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $2.53 per gallon.

According to AAA Northeast, the Massachusetts price is eight cents below the national average for regular unleaded of $2.61. A year ago at this time, the average price in Massachusetts was 34 cents lower at $2.19.

“Every motorist in the country is paying more at the pump than they did a year ago,” said Mary Maguire, Director of Public and Legislative Affairs. “Strong demand coupled with steadily rising oil prices means filling up will continue to cost consumers more this month.”

On the week, U.S. consumer gasoline demand hit 9 million barrels per day. In 2017, demand did not reach this mark until early March, according to the federal Energy Information Administration.

The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 34 cents, from a low of $2.45 to a high of $2.79.

Today’s local gas prices and their ranges are as follows:

Self Serve                                                                  Grade
  • $2.53 ($2.45-$2.79)                            Regular Unleaded
  • $2.75 ($2.58-$2.99)                            Midgrade Unleaded
  • $2.94 ($2.68-$3.25)                            Premium Unleaded
  • $2.99 ($2.89-$3.14)                            Diesel
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