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Two more states hit gas prices by $5 a gallon

 Two more states hit gas prices by $5 a gallon

Two more states hit gas prices by $5 a gallon

New York (CNN): The rise in gas prices continues to deteriorate.

The national average jumped to $4.87 a gallon on Monday, according to AAA. An increase of 25 cents last week and 59 cents last month.

There are now 10 states where the average price of gasoline is $5 a gallon or higher, the most recent being Michigan and Indiana. Washington, D.C. is also $5 higher.

New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts are just a few pennies away. Georgia is the only state with an average of less than $4.30 a gallon.

In total, more than one in five gas stations across the country now charge more than $5 per gallon and just over half the cost of $4.75 or more.

Unfortunately, prices can continue to rise.

Veteran oil analyst Andy Lebow told CNN he expects the national average to hit $5.05 a gallon in the next 10 days.

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Oil, the largest component of gasoline prices, continues to rise — even after OPEC+ announced plans late last week to boost production.

Gas prices have been driven to record levels by a combination of factors, including strong energy demand as people drive and fly more.

On the other hand, the show failed to keep up. The US is pumping less oil than it was before Covid-19 started, and the market is signaling that the OPEC+ increase is too little, too late. US crude jumped to a three-month high of $120.99 a barrel on Monday morning before pulling back.

Manuel Santana, a Bronx resident who works at EMT, said just a few months ago that it cost him $40 to fill his drive-through locker to work. Now, it costs about $60.

"It's frustrating," Santana said while at a gas station in Manhattan, where a gallon of regular gas is now six dollars. "Honestly, there's not much you can do about it."

Uber driver Abdullah Al-Women said gas expenses rose from $150 a week to $250 a week. It is feared that the matter will rise to a higher level.

Back in early March, the average national gas price for the first time broke the record of $4.11 a gallon that has been in place since 2008. That price now looks like the good old days. The national average price has risen steadily over the past month, setting 27 records in the last 28 days.

Mark Zandi, the chief economist at Moody's Analytics, told CNN in a phone interview that he feels more optimistic about the US economy's ability to control inflation without causing deflation. But Zandi said the only catch would be another increase in oil prices.

"If oil prices go up to $150, we go into a recession. There is no way out," Zandi said.

This report is from CNN.