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The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in Texas is one cent more than the average last week, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch.Â The current statewide average is $3.12.
The national average is $3.29, showing no change from last week.Â The statewide average price is 17 cents less than the national average.Â The most expensive gasoline average in the state is in Amarillo at $3.16, two cents less than last week.Â El Paso is reporting the least expensive average in the state at $3.01 for a gallon of regular unleaded.
Based on recent reports from the U.S. government, the country is seeing better-than-expected growth in jobs and manufacturing.Â Analysts say both are signs of a recovering economy which could potentially pressure prices upward.Â However, historically demand for gasoline in winter months typically remains low and could counteract upward pressure on retail prices.
â€śMotorists in Texas are paying an average of $44 for a typical 14-gallon fill up," said AAA Texas/New Mexico Public Affairs Representative Sarah Schimmer.Â â€śGas prices in Texas have decreased about 77 cents since reaching the peak price in May of $3.89.â€ť