Utica, NY (WIBX) - For the first time in about three months, prices at the gas pump have increased.

Triple-A's Ed Welsh says average price in the Utica-Rome market is$ 3.82 a gallon, up 7-cents from last week.

Welsh says he does expect prices to fall once the nation's deficit and debt issues are resolved.

The national average is $3.66 a gallon.