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ST. LOUIS– Increased demand for gas and higher crude oil prices helped contribute to Missouri seeing is highest prices at the pump to begin August since 2014.

The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas is $2.87. In 2014, it was $3.30 a gallon.

The average price in the state has gone up about two cents from a week ago and 98 cents from this time last year.

According to the Energy Information Administration, the demand for gas in the United States jumped last week, increasing 5%. It is at its second-highest mark of 2021. Midwest refinery utilization also saw a minor decrease from the week prior.