TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gas prices are still on the increase in New Jersey and around the nation amid longer-than-expected refinery outages on the Gulf Coast following a winter storm. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in New Jersey on Friday was $2.81, up eight cents from a week ago.

Drivers were paying an average of $2.52 a gallon a year ago at this time.

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The national average price for a gallon of regular gasoline was $2.69, up nine cents from last week. Drivers were paying an average of $2.47 a gallon a year ago at this time.

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Analysts say most drivers can expect prices at the pump to continue increasing until Gulf Coast refineries restart and resume normal operations.

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