Gas prices continue to fall

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Gasoline prices in the Tacoma area have fallen 1.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.18 per gallon, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 271 stations in Tacoma. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.9 cents per gallon versus last week to $2.31 per gallon.

Including the change locally during the past week, prices were 29.9 cents per gallon higher than a year ago and are 17.9 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has dropped 23.1 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 12.2 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.

“Gas prices broadly continue to move lower across much of the country as oil prices continue to melt away,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. “31 states now are seeing at least one price under $2 per gallon while the most common price seen across the land has dropped to $1.99 per gallon, with over a quarter of stations in the U.S. under that psychologically important level. Americans are spending $225 million less every day on gasoline than they did some 75 days ago.”

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