---- — Across the region and for the U.S. as a whole, gasoline prices took another little nose dive last week. State-by-state tracking by the auto club AAA showed the average price for self-service regular gas dropping a little more than 5 cents per gallon in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, with the 50-state national average easing a little more than that. It was the fourth straight week in which fuel prices declined.
Since the first week of September, the Massachusetts average price for self-service regular has dropped by close to 18 cents per gallon. The New Hampshire average is down by about 15 cents per gallon over the four-week span. The national average has lost a bit more than 20 cents, according to AAA figures.
In Massachusetts, drivers paid an average of $3.527 for self-service regular gas on Wednesday, the auto club reported. That was 5.2 cents lower than the prior Wednesday’s figure of $3.579. On the same day last year, the Bay State average of $3.929 was 40.2 cents higher than Wednesday’s figure.
In New Hampshire, a 5.1-penny drop brought the state-wide average to $3.499 on Wednesday, from
$3.550 seven days earlier. On the same day of 2012, the Granite State average of $3.879 was 38.0 cents above Wednesday’s figure.
The auto club compiled an overall national average of $3.385 on Wednesday, down 6.2 cents from $3.447 the prior Wednesday. On the same day last year, the U.S. average of $3.780 was 39.5 cents above Wednesday’s level.