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Houston gas prices up 14 cents in past month

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

No, it's not your imagination. Gas prices have been creeping back up again.

In Houston, prices have risen about 14-cents per gallon over the past month, according to AAA.

On Monday, Houston's average price for a gallon of regular unleaded was $3.19. One reason? The cost of crude oil is on the upswing.

Normally, January brings downward pressure on gas prices because demand tends to be soft. But oil analyst Art Gelber says that expectation was probably already baked into the cake, helping push the cost of a gallon lower, last month.

"The fact that January may be the lowest demand month of the year? That pricing information very likely showed up at the pumps in December," explained Gelber.

Higher gas prices are hitting home with folks who make their living behind the wheel.

"We pay for all of our own gas here and it's not getting any cheaper. It's going up once again," said Tony Charletta, a delivery driver for Star Pizza.

"It's just killing us," said cabbie Peter Dele. He wore a leather jacket in his taxi cab so he could comfortably cut the engine – and the heat – while waiting for a fare.

"It's cold, I have to," explained Dele. "I have to save my gas for the trips."

After all, while the cost of fuel comes out of their own pockets, cabbies' wages and tips don't necessarily rise in tandem.

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