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Mitchell Councilman Phil Carlson was blunt: Drivers in Mitchell are being cheated.
At the start of Monday night's City Council meeting, Carlson accused Mitchell convenience store and gas station owne... Posted on 12/20/11 at 1:48 AM
Mitchell was hit with a double dose of bad economic news Friday as the average gas price in the city hit $3.479 and the unemployment rate spiked to 4.9 percent.
The average gas price is about 20 cents higher than a week ago. The unemployment rate — which covers the month of January but was just released Friday — is up 0.8 percentage points from the previous month.
The gasoline Grinch hit South Dakota at Christmas, delivering disappointment in the form of $3-plus gas prices.
High fuel prices are not typical during the Christmas and New Year holidays, AAA South Dakota spokesman Mark Madeja said.
“Prices are usually lower during the holidays than any time of the year,” he said, “because the summer driving season is over and demand is down.”
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