Weak demand is keeping gas prices under $2.50 as the year-end driving season pushes ahead, according to AAA.

The latest Energy Information Administration report shows that gasoline demand held just below 9 million barrels per day for the second straight week. And gasoline stocks rose by 6.8 million barrels across the nation. This was fueled by refineries reaching 93.8 percent of production capacity, the report noted.

The high capacity rate contributed to U.S. crude oil inventories falling by 5.61 million barrels last week, leaving commercial inventories at 448.1 million barrels. Thursday’s national average gas price was $2.48, which is unchanged since Monday.

Arkansas' average price for a gallon of regular unleaded on Thursday was $2.25, and Oklahoma's was $2.23, according to AAA.