Desoto County News

Gasoline prices back on the rise again

Gas prices have started a move back up after weeks of dropping around the Christmas-New Year’s holidays. The latest report from the American Automobile Association has the average price for regular unleaded gasoline at $3.075 in DeSoto County, $3.054 in the state of Mississippi, and nationally, the average price is at $3.415.  

According to AAA, the Southaven-Olive Branch metro average price on Jan. 22 was $3.084, which was nearly two cents more than the day before and more than the $2.954 average from a week ago.  

One month ago, the average price was $2.647 a gallon and a year ago, drivers were paying $2.998 a gallon.  

Harken back to the summer of 2022, when the average regular unleaded gasoline price was $4.523 a gallon on June 13. 

There are still places where the average gas price is under $3 a gallon. For instance, 

  • Pike County – $2.957 a gallon.
  • Copiah County – $2.963 
  • Coahoma County – $2.973.  
  • Marion County – $2.983
  • Leake County and Lamar County – $2.993 lists the lowest DeSoto County gasoline pump prices here.

Around Northwest Mississippi, average prices include $3.04 a gallon in Tate County, $3.13 a gallon in Marshall, and $3.132 a gallon in Tunica County.  Shelby County’s average price is at $3.156 a gallon. 

National average prices have gone up about 13 cents a gallon in a week. Last month’s cold snap and the end of tax relief was mentioned as factors for the increase. There are reports the rise may be short-lived, so there’s hope the pressure on the wallet and the purse may lessen as we move forward in January into February.  

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