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Prices at the pump begin to fluctuate

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Gas prices began to fluctuate last week after the cost for a barrel of oil jumped above $90 and has held steady in that price range, according to AAA The Auto Club Group. 

The recent jump in U.S. employment numbers raised hopes for an increase in fuel demand and pushed oil prices higher as summer approaches. However, it's unlikely gas prices will spike in the coming weeks. The GDP and overall fuel demand numbers are still down. The nation's oil stockpiles rose about 7 million barrels during the last week in April, according to the Energy Information Administration.

"Gas prices moved in both directions last week and are expected to do so again this week. Although pump prices will fluctuate, they're not likely to spike," said Jessica Brady in a news release, AAA spokeswoman, The Auto Club Group. "Until there's a significant spike in fuel demand or an unforeseen event occurs that affects supply, gas prices will likely remain relatively stable."

A barrel of oil closed Friday at $95.61 on the New York Mercantile Exchange, $2.61 more than the prior week. 

The national average price of regular unleaded gasoline is $3.52, 2 cents more than last week. Meanwhile, Georgia's average of $3.41 rose 4 cents from last week.

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