National hamburger and fries prices across the United States have risen in June to their highest point since May.
As a result, the national price of hamburgets and fries for June has more than doubled from a year ago, while prices of a hamburger has decreased.
The National Burger Association said it expects prices to climb again in July, with some prices in the $1.99-$1.69 range expected to reach $2.49 per burger.
But with the national economy still recovering from the Great Recession, prices are expected to stay higher in the coming months, said the group’s chief economist, Chris Jernigan.
Jernigan said national prices will likely increase by a third in July as the economy picks up.
“It looks like the recovery is going to continue,” he said.
And while prices in many other parts of the country are rising, prices in restaurants are dropping, as well, he said, as many restaurants are struggling to make ends meet.
He said the average price for a burger has dropped in the past year, with a few places in the Northeast seeing a spike in prices.
A National Burger spokesman said prices will continue to fall this summer.
For more information about the National Burger and fries price index, go to http://www.nba.com/national-cheeseburgers/index.html