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Traveling just got a bit more expensive.

Gas prices increased 15 to 20 cents in Georgia last week, marking the first major increase of 2013.

The recent snowstorm in the northeast United States, refineries shutting down for maintenance ahead of the summer season, and the conflict in Iran are all cited as reasons for the recent increases at the pump.

Central Georgia residents should expect more increases in gas prices.

"Prices are likely to increase next week, but [will not be] as significant as last week," said Diane Massey, Branch Manager of AAA in Macon.

Higher prices for fuel affect consumers and business owners alike.

"When it's almost four dollars a gallon, it makes it almost impossible to make money off a job," said Enola Lane, president of EFL Enterprises, Inc. "When it gets high like this, no one can afford anything else."

The national average gas price ($3.714) is currently higher than the state average of $3.643 per gallon.

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