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Gas Price Report: Week of Sept. 2, 2019

On the heels of low Labor Day prices, gas costs continue to fall across the country.

After enjoying low Labor Day weekend gas prices across the country, drivers will continue to see price drops as we enter September. On the week, gas prices are as much as nine cents cheaper in every state except California, (+5 cents), Florida (+4 cents), Ohio (+2 cents) and South Carolina (+1 cent). Hurricane Dorian has been the driver for the increases in Florida and, most likely, South Carolina.

“As an East Coast storm, Hurricane Dorian is not threatening major oil and gas infrastructure so its impact is localized to its path along the East Coast,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “For the rest of the country, demand, which remains high, is chipping away at supply, but not at a high enough rate to increase gas prices.”

All Northeast states saw a drop of at least one penny, while New Jersey’s 4-cent fall landed it on the top 10 list for largest weekly state decreases. Meanwhile, New York ($2.76) is the only state in the region to land on the top 10 most expensive state list this week. Connecticut ($2.73) ranks as the 11th highest average in the country.

Today’s national average is $2.57, which is a penny cheaper than last week, 14-cents less than a month ago and 26-cents cheaper than a year ago.

National average: $2.57

Local state averages:

CT: $2.73        MA: $2.63       NH: $2.51       NJ: $2.60         NY: $2.76       RI: $2.57

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Historical Context

This week in history: Sept. 1, 1972

American chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer defeats Russian Boris Spassky to become the first American to win the World Chess Championship

National gas price average in 1972: $0.36

Cost to fill a tank (1972/2019):

GMC Yukon XL

$11.16/$79.67

Toyota Tacoma

$7.60/$54.23

Volkswagen Golf

$4.75/$33.92

Motorists can find current gas prices along their route with the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. The app can also be used to map a route, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance. Learn more at AAA.com/Mobile.

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