Consumers React to Rising Gas Prices

Gas prices in Mississippi and Alabama continue to rise, along with prices in the rest of the country.

The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded in Mississippi rose about four cents per gallon in the past 7 days.

The average in Mississippi is at $3.47 per gallon. The average price in Alabama is $3.49.

The current national average is $3.52 per gallon.

Prices are 44 cents per gallon higher than this time a year ago, and are 21 cents higher than they were a month ago.

Local consumers Monday talked about how the continuing increase in prices is affecting their wallets.

"Of course, it's affecting your monthly budget, but we're still going to have to get around," said Sherry Harrison. "And we're just going to have to go ahead, and you know, just pay it."

"It would be nice to spend my money on things I want to, but the only people getting money these days is the gas station," said Brian Copenhaver. "If the gas prices would go down it would be better, But everybody, the money that people earn is going towards gas."

Newscenter 11 also asked if consumers believe the economy is improving.

"I say no, because the field that I work in, I'm in health care, I just don't see it getting any better," said Laura Lang. "There's less jobs out there. They're pushing nurses to, you know, take on more of a work load because they don't have the money to pay for more nurses."

"Working a lot harder. But it seems like you're just trying to keep your head above water. It's going pretty well, though," said Glenn Cox. "It's affecting me in business, I think, a little bit. It's a little better, but it's not a lot better."

Experts say you can expect prices to rise at an even faster pace in March and April, as the weather gets warmer.

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