OGDEN -- As changes occur throughout the Middle East, gas prices continue to rise in Utah. This, despite the fact the oil supply in the United States continues to be steady.
The U.S. gets only about 2 percent of its oil from the Middle East. Most of our oil comes from Canada, Mexico and domestically.
"We have a very good surplus in the system," said AAA spokeswoman Rolayne Fairclough. "It's not a problem of supply at all."
People are driving less, as well, so demand has been down.
"We've seen a very sluggish increase in demand," Fairclough said.
The increase has been caused by commodity traders, she said, adding, "Any kind of instability encourages traders to raise prices."
Gasoline prices rose 4 percent last week to a national average of $3.29 per gallon, the highest level ever for this time of year, when prices are typically low.
And with unrest in the Middle East and North Africa lifting the price of oil to the $100-a-barrel range, analysts say pump prices are likely headed higher.
So far, reports that some Libyan ports reopened to oil tankers and that Saudi Arabia was boosting exports have dropped prices to about $97 a barrel.
In the last week, Boyle Appliance Center received a stack of letters from various manufacturers announcing an 8 to 10 percent increase in prices, mostly because of an increase in fuel prices.
This price increase came before the recent gas hike.
Manager Steve Boyle said he does not know how the recent 10-cent jump in gas prices will continue to affect prices.
"You could see another 10 percent increase," Boyle said. "I hope not, but you could see it."
Prices in Utah have been lower on average than the rest of the country.
"As much as Utah is paying, we are at the bottom tier of prices through the state right now," Fairclough said.
There has been a 10-cent average increase in a week and about 39 cents in about a month in gas prices.
The Boyle company would still like to see lower prices. The company's trucks make about 20 stops a day.
"It's expensive," said Jim Boyle, owner and Steve Boyle's father. "You have to add a little bit more just to deliver."
The price of unleaded gas is high, but diesel is even more expensive at almost $4 a gallon.
The Boyle company is in the market for a new pickup. The elder Boyle wants to go to a gas-powered pickup truck instead of a diesel.
Larger delivery trucks will remain diesel.
"We go from Salt Lake to Logan almost every day," Steve Boyle said.
Leisure Pool & Spa in Ogden president John Brady said his company has three men who go on service calls throughout the area.
"Of course it cuts into our profits, because we can't really raise the rates to do the work," Brady said.
He said he has switched to smaller vehicles to complete the service calls.
"The diesel truck sits there unless it absolutely has to go someplace," Brady said.
Like Boyle, the big increase comes in the chemical products the company sells, which are mostly made with petroleum. Brady said the price of chemicals does not seem to go down once the gas prices drop.
The price increase causes Leisure Pool & Spa to shop around more.
"We can't be as loyal to our chemical suppliers as we used to be," Brady said.
As to when there will be a drop in prices at the pump, Fairclough said she does not know.
Prices tend to be lower in the winter and increase in the spring as the weather gets warmer and more people are driving. Prices reach their peak in the summer.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.