A slow decline in gas prices, though untrustworthy, is currently under the watchful national eye as the countrywide average dropped two dimes per gallon of regular unleaded in the last month from $3.96 to $3.76 today, according to AAA.
Some numbers that might boggle the mind:
• Hurricane Katrina contributed to the highest national average for regular unleaded on July 17, 2008, at $4.11. Imagine sitting in the car waiting to fill up at the gas station across the street for a few cents less (although that may be similar to last week’s gas battle in Calion).
• The last time the national average was below $2 was in 2004 when it was listed at $1.88 per gallon of unleaded regular before a jump to $2.30 in 2005, according to the 2011 Statistical Abstract.
• According to the Census abstract, the oldest data available is for 1990 when unleaded regular cost $1.16, a full dime more than 1998 when the lowest price was listed at $1.06 per gallon of unleaded regular.
• In our area the cheapest gas is listed at Brookshire’s, the Hurryback on N. West and Grove, Day & Night, Rainbow Food Mart and E-Z Mart at $3.58. The lowest price per gallon statewide was spotted at a Valero in Hot Springs at $3.29.