gas_pump.jpgBay Area gas prices have inched up by 4 cents in the past month – a small hike as the summer travel season approaches, AAA of Northern California officials said.

Analysts believe the price of gasoline across the country has remained about the same since AAA’s April 13 survey because economic worries in Europe and the U.S. have kept demand consistently low, according to AAA.

“While gas prices in California are nearly seventy cents higher than they were a year ago, there has been a virtual lid on prices at the pump this spring,” AAA spokesman Michael Geeser said.

The average price in the Bay Area for a gallon of regular unleaded gas is currently about $3.23, while the national average stands at $2.90.

San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland all saw a small increase in prices, with San Francisco edging up by 2 cents for an average of $3.21, San Jose increasing by 3 cents for an average of $3.14, and Oakland increasing by 5 cents for an average of $3.15.

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