The average price of gas in the Philadelphia area went up 2 cents overnight, and settled in today at $2.58, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic.

South Jersey's average was up 1 cent overnight, to $2.39. The national average was up 2 cents, to $2.57.

The auto club said that, today, 28 states and Washington have an average price of $2.50 or more.

The price of diesel also was up: by 2 cents, to $2.65, in the five-county Philly area; by 3 cents, to $2.32, in South Jersey; and by 3 cents, to $2.45, at the national level.

Meanwhile, oil prices rebounded, buoyed by the first drop in unemployment numbers since January and renewed expectations that crude will extend its rally this year.

Benchmark crude for July delivery was up $2.34 to $68.46 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Wednesday, the contract tumbled $2.43 to settle at $66.12.

In London, Brent prices rose $2.45, to $68.33 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange.

Oil prices, which have rallied for three months, soared this week to their highest levels since November. Crude now fetches nearly twice its February price, mostly on the expectation that the dismal U.S. economy could be stabilizing.