It's small consolation, but gas prices here haven't increased from a year ago as much as they have nationally. Thursday's average price of a gallon of regular gas was $3.673 in the Chicago area -- an increase of about 29 cents from the same time last year. The national average, though, has increased about 42 cents to $3.612, according to data from AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report.
But prices in the past week have accelerated here faster than the national average. A gallon of regular gas has jumped 12 cents since a week ago, with almost 11 cents of that increase occurring since Wednesday.
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Click on the graphics tab at left to view a chart of the percent changes in gas prices nationally and for the Chicago metropolitan area.