Georgia’s gas prices rose during the past week. According to AAA, The Auto Club Group, motorists statewide now pay the average price of $2.76 a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline. That is six cents more than last week, six cents more than last month, and $1.13 more than at this same time last year.

It now costs $41.40 to fill a 15-gallon tank of gasoline; that’s $4.50 more than what motorists paid in January 2020, when pump prices hit last year’s peak of $2.46 per gallon.

Montrae Waiters, a spokeswoman for AAA, says, “While April saw minimal fluctuation, May is likely to see much larger increases alongside demand spikes, especially closer to Memorial Day weekend.”

Waiters adds that AAA continues to monitor the Colonial Pipeline outage and what effect it may have on gas prices. She indicates, “At this time it’s just too early to know if it will cause pump prices to increase.”

Sunday’s national average of $2.96 per gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is six cents more than last week, 10 cents more than last month, and $1.13 more than this time last year.

Rome was among the least expensive metro markets in Georgia at an average of $2.70 a gallon.