Gas prices jump as vacation season heats up

If it suddenly seems like you're paying more to fill your gas tank, you are.The price of gas rose 10 cents over the past week to average $2.62 a gallon, according to the Energy Department.

Over the past five weeks gas prices have risen 55 cents a gallon. Signs that some parts of the economy are recovering is contributing to the rise and there is anticipation that there will be more demand for gas going forward, according to USA Today.

Chicagoans paid the highest fuel prices at an average of $2.92 a gallon, while people in Houston had the cheapest gas at $2.40.

Other cities that saw big jumps in fuel prices last week include San Francisco (up 13 cents to $2.90), Los Angeles (up 15 cents to $2.89), Cleveland (up 18 cents to $2.81) and Seattle (up 10 cents to $2.74).