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'Robust demand for gasoline and preparation for summer gasoline are factors that will continue to drive higher pump prices into early spring.'

PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - Oregon's gasoline hit $3 a gallon for the first time in three years.Oregon's gasoline is bumping up against the $3-a-gallon mark for the first time in nearly three years.

AAA Oregon/Idaho reported Tuesday that the average price of a gallon of gasoline jumped 3 cents in the past week to $3.09. That's 43 cents higher than the national average of $2.66 a gallon.

The last time Oregonians paid close to $3 a gallon for their gasoline was in August 2015.

Blame it on summer, says AAA Oregon/Idaho Public Affairs Director Marie Dodds. "Robust demand for gasoline and preparation for summer gasoline are factors that will continue to drive higher pump prices into early spring," she said.

Oregon's average price puts the state in the top 10 states with the most expensive gasoline. Oregon ranks No. 5.

The West Coast still has the most expensive gas prices in the nation, Dodds said. Hawaii has the most expensive gasoline, at $3.51 a gallon. California, with the same price, is No. 2. They're followed by Washington ($3.18), Alaska ($3.14), Oregon, Nevada ($3.02), Pennsylvania ($2.87), District of Columbia ($2.82), Idaho ($2.82) and New York ($2.77).

The nation's cheapest gasoline is in Arkansas ($2.39) and Missouri ($2.40).

Oregon's average diesel price jumped to $3.17 a gallon.

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