PROVIDENCE – Gasoline prices dropped in Rhode Island and Massachusetts for the fourth consecutive week, but remained higher than the national average, according to the weekly survey by AAA Southern New England.
A gallon of self-serve, unleaded regular gas averaged $3.54 in Rhode Island in the Oct. 7 survey, 6 cents less than the price a week ago.
In Massachusetts, the average price for self-serve, unleaded regular gas this week was $3.44 per gallon, a decline of 4 cents per gallon.
Rhode Island’s average price comes in 19 cents lower than the average a month ago, while in Massachusetts, local gas prices are 23 cents cheaper than last month’s. A year ago, the same gas cost $3.96 per gallon in Rhode Island and $3.88 per gallon in Massachusetts.
Self-serve, unleaded regular varied in price from $3.37 to $3.77 across the Ocean State in the survey. The average per-gallon prices for different grades of gas ranged from $3.78 for mid-grade unleaded to $3.90 for premium unleaded to $3.96 for diesel.
Self-serve, unleaded regular ranged in price across Massachusetts from $3.27 to $3.66 per gallon. Mid-grade unleaded averaged $3.65 this week, while premium unleaded cost an average of $3.79 per gallon and diesel posted an average price of $3.91 per gallon.
Prices in both states remain above this week’s national average of $3.34 for a gallon of unleaded regular.