Berkshire County residents are certainly feeling the pain at the pump. When you combine the hardships that the pandemic has caused including unemployment, food insecurities, increased food prices, and housing insecurities, expensive gas just makes people's lives that much more difficult.

I remember when we were a couple of months into the pandemic, I had points on my Stop and Shop card so I bought gas at the Dan Fox Drive location in Pittsfield. I filled my entire tank for less than $3.00. It was amazing. I have to say that was one of the very few things during the pandemic that was a plus. Now, it's a completely different story. A struggle if you will.

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According to AAA the average price of regular unleaded gas in Massachusetts is $4.25 per gallon. When you compare that to last year, it's quite frightening. Last year's average was $2.76 per gallon. The current average in Boston is $4.29. Worcester's average price per gallon is $4.26 while Springfield clocks in a little lower at $4.12 per gallon. In Pittsfield, the average price per gallon is $4.22. Why can't Massachusetts have the gas tax suspension?

Now is the time more than ever to build up those gas points whether it be Big Y, Price Chopper, and/or Stop & Shop, Every little bit helps. What's the highest price you've seen so far in Massachusetts and the Berkshires?

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To find out more about how has the price of gas changed throughout the years, Stacker ran the numbers on the cost of a gallon of gasoline for each of the last 84 years. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in April 2020), we analyzed the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline from 1976 to 2020 along with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for unleaded regular gasoline from 1937 to 1976, including the absolute and inflation-adjusted prices for each year.

Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover just how much a gallon was when you first started driving.

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