Average US price of gas spikes 5 cents per gallon to $2.97

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FILE – This April 23, 2019 file photo shows gas prices displayed at a Shell gasoline station in Sacramento, California Calif. The average national average in the U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline jumped 5 cents a gallon (3.8 liters) over the past two weeks, to $2.97. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says Sunday, May 5, 2019, that gas prices have spiked 66 cents since early January. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

CAMARILLO, Calif. | The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline jumped 5 cents a gallon over the past two weeks, to $2.97.

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says Sunday that gas prices have spiked 66 cents since early January.

But Lundberg says dropping crude oil costs could mean that prices at the pump will soon stabilize.

The highest average price in the nation is $4.14 a gallon in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The lowest average is $2.45 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The average price of diesel rose 3 cents over the past two weeks, to $3.17.