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Gas prices average over $3.00 for 1000 days

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The national average price of gasoline will be over $3.00 per gallon Tuesday for the 1000th consecutive day for the first time on record, according to AAA.

The current streak began on Dec. 23, 2010. AAA forecasts the national average will remain above $3.00 per gallon for at least another thousand days barring a major economic recession.

AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins says, "$2.00 gas prices are mostly a thing of the past."

Monday's national average is $3.52 per gallon. Gas prices on average have remained above $3.50 per gallon for the majority of days during the current streak.

Gas prices first surged above $3.00 per gallon for eight days immediately following Hurricane Katrina from Sept. 3-10, 2005. The longest previous streak above $3.00 per gallon was for 244 days from Feb. 17-Oct.17, 2008.

The national average price of gas so far this year is $3.57 per gallon. The average U.S. household in 2012 spent $2,912 on gasoline, or just under four percent of income before taxes, according to the Energy Information Administration.

Jessi Mitchell

Jessi joined the WRBL news team in October 2012 after working as a freelance production assistant for MTV Networks in Los Angeles.
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