By Pittsburgh Business Times

Western Pennsylvania gas prices edged upward last week, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge report. Motorists saw a 1.5-cent-per gallon increase in the price of regular unleaded gas, which was $2.71 as of Tuesday.

A year ago, the average price at the pump was $2.53 per gallon.

The national average Tuesday also was $2.74, up three cents over the past two weeks.

Oil finished Monday at $78.90, down slightly on the New York Mercantile Exchange, from an opening of $78.98, according to AAA.

The western Pennsylvania region included in the report stretches north to Erie and east to Altoona. The highest average price was in Erie at $2.76 per gallon. Sharon had the the lowest price, at just under $2.66 per gallon.

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