Gas prices rose nearly a nickel in the past week, reaching $2.753 Monday, AAA said.
In the past month, prices have risen about 9 cents.
Kloza, an analyst at Oil Price Information Service, said U.S. motorists were spending $250 million more per day at the gas pump than they were a year ago -- shelling out about $1 billion a day.
"That's a drag on the economy," he said in a New York Times report.
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