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.  

Bob Bakken

Bob Bakken is the most recognized and most trusted name in DeSoto County news and sports reporting, as readers continue to express their appreciation for his accuracy and fairness in the stories he writes. Bob provides content for DeSoto County News and occasionally is heard on the OB Pod podcast talking about area happenings. A former newspaper editor and writer, his award-winning background also includes television news producing, sports media relations, and radio broadcasting.

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