Missoula, MT (KGVO-AM News) - Montana gas prices have slightly increased after dropping in back-to-back weeks. Patrick De Haan is the head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy and he provided the current numbers.                    

“Average gasoline prices in Montana have risen 0.9 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.37 per gallon today,” De Haan said. “Prices in Montana are 5.7 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 32.1 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.”                  

As of Monday afternoon, many stations in Missoula still had their prices set to around $3.39 per gallon.      

According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Montana was priced at $3.17 per gallon yesterday while the most expensive was $3.91 per gallon.                   

Montana is currently ranked 23rd in the U.S. when it comes to the average price of gas, which is three spots higher than last week.                 

“The national average price of gasoline has risen .3 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.41 per gallon today,” De Haan said. “The national average is down 18.8 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands 14.4 cents per gallon lower than a year ago. The national average price of diesel has risen 2.4 cents in the last week and stands at $3.76 per gallon.”               

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According to De Haan, summer is now officially here. 

“We've seen the national average price of gasoline holding most steady compared to last week, with some states seeing their traditional price cycling every couple of weeks, while others have seen prices slowly slip," said De Haan. "For now, gasoline prices may see little movement ahead of July 4 as oil prices have risen above $80. But the good news is that instead of the national average jumping to follow the rising price of oil, it's holding steady. The bummer is that the decreases we hoped for will have to wait, thanks to oil's climb." 

LOOK: See how much gasoline cost the year you started driving

To find out more about how has the price of gas changed throughout the years, Stacker ran the numbers on the cost of a gallon of gasoline for each of the last 84 years. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in April 2020), we analyzed the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline from 1976 to 2020 along with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for unleaded regular gasoline from 1937 to 1976, including the absolute and inflation-adjusted prices for each year.

Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover just how much a gallon was when you first started driving.

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