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PROVIDENCE — Prices for a gallon of gas are up 13 cents in the past week in Rhode Island, and 53 cents since mid-February, AAA reported Monday, saying the latest increases came a week after the U.S. State Department ended waivers for countries to import oil from Iran.

AAA’s April 29 survey of prices in Rhode Island found regular unleaded gasoline averaging $2.83 per gallon. The national average is $2.88.

“Americans are having to work more to afford to fill up their gas tanks," said Lloyd Albert, senior vice president of AAA Northeast. "Nationally, Americans must work 22 percent longer than at the start of the year to buy one gallon of unleaded gasoline — that’s 7.3 minutes compared to 5.76 minutes in January.”

On a year-over-year basis, however, the average price in Rhode Island is only one cent higher. The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 36 cents, from a low of $2.63 to a high of $2.99.

— Jason Vallee

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