While this still trails the year-ago price by $2.194 for the same week last year, this marks the fifth consecutive week it has seen gains, according to figures from the DOE's Energy Information Administration.
Prices stayed above $2.44 in all regions throughout the U.S., with the Rocky Mountain and Lower Atlantic regions at the low end, at $2.442 and $2.468, respectively. The Central Atlantic and California saw the highest numbers for the week, with $2.619 and $2.676 a gallon, respectively.
In contrast, crude oil fell 35 cents Monday, settling at $68.09 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, reports the Associated Press. Prices dropped as low as $66.78 a barrel during trading, after jumping to over $70 on Friday. The slight drop is being attributed to uncertain demand related to the unemployment rate as well as a sentiment that the oil bubble is ready to pop.