Mass. gas prices unchanged at $3.71 a gallon, AAA Southern New England says

The average price for gas in Massachusetts was $3.71 a gallon in the latest weekly AAA survey, the same price as the average in the previous week’s survey, AAA Southern New England said Monday.

Prices in Massachusetts are up 26 cents over the past month, due in part to unrest in the Middle East and the normal high demand of the summer driving season AAA Southern New England added.

The current price is 8 cents higher than the national average of $3.63 a gallon.

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A year ago at this time, the Massachusetts average price was 16 cents lower at $3.55.

The range in prices in the latest AAA Bay State survey is 33 cents, from a low of $3.56 to a high of $3.89.

AAA’s weekly surveys focus on self-serve, regular unleaded gas.