---- — After holding steady through the last week of May, area gasoline prices made a definite turn last week, welcoming June with small dips in the state-wide averages across both Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
The overall coast-to-coast average also declined last week, making it the second consecutive week in which the U.S. national average moved lower.
National and state averages are compiled and reported by the auto club AAA.
In Massachusetts last week, the average price for self-service regular gas moved to $3.538 on Wednesday. That was 0.8 cents lower than the $3.546 state average recorded seven days earlier. Wednesday’s Bay State average was 7.6 cents lower than the $3.614 compiled by AAA on the same day one year earlier.
New Hampshire drivers saw a 1.1-cent decrease in the state-wide average last week. On Wednesday AAA put the Granite State’s figure at $3.473 per gallon for self-service regular gas, compared to $3.484 the prior Wednesday. On the same day of 2012, the state’s average of $3.589 was 11.6 cents higher than Wednesday’s level.
The overall U.S. average dropped 0.4 pennies over the seven-day span, to $3.617 on Wednesday from $3.621 the prior week, according to AAA. But Wednesday’s figure was 4.7 cents higher than the $3.570 national average reported on the same day last year.