SALT LAKE CITY -- Gas prices across Utah have continued to steadily rise into the spring -- but it could be worse.
According to the AAA daily fuel gauge report, the current average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in Utah is $3.59, a 24 cent increase since last month's AAA report on March 8 and a 59 cent increase since the February report.
But only Wyoming and Colorado have lower prices than Utah, according to the AAA report. Prices haven't been this high in Utah since October 2008.
AAA spokeswoman Rolayne Fairclough said the demand for gasoline has dropped across the United States for the second week in a row, but the decrease hasn't had much of an impact on prices.
With violence continuing in Libya, as well as concern about unrest in Syria and Yemen, crude oil prices kept upward momentum throughout last week because of investors' concern over impacts to the world's supply, Fairclough said.
"Investors are the largest force driving the market price for oil," she said. "Instability in the Middle East and North Africa still has them concerned about the world's supply of crude, which has helped to keep oil prices on the rise."
Although Fairclough said Utah gas prices are expected to rise into the summer, the outlook is bleaker in other parts of the country.
The national average for regular gasoline is $3.79, or 27 cents higher than last month and 93 cents higher than a year ago. The highest average price in the nation is in Hawaii, where the average price per gallon is $4.44.
Among the lower 48 states, the highest average price is in California, where the average price is $4.17.
Of the Utah cities surveyed by AAA, Moab's average price of $3.72 per gallon was the highest.
Ogden currently has the second-lowest prices in the state at $3.55 per gallon, ranking behind only St. George, where prices are $3.53 per gallon.
All of the other Utah cities tracked by AAA reported double-digit increases since last month.