Price of gas drops for drivers in Pa., N.J. and Del.

Gas pump prices. (File photo)

Just a penny.

That's how much the average price nationally for a gallon of gas dropped in the last month. But drivers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware are singing a sweeter tune at the pumps.

And in the last year, almost every American has reason to rejoice, according to new statistics from AAA today.

All three states locally bare in the top 10 for largest decreases in the price for a gallon over the last month.

  • Delaware drivers saw the fourth greatest month-over-month decline: 9 cents to $3.56 per gallon.
  • In Pennsylvania, the price for a gallon fell 4 cents — the 10th greatest decline among states — to $3.70.
  • New Jersey placed sixth, with a 7-cent decrease to $3.51.

"The downward trend in gas prices, especially throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, is welcome news for motorists who (for the first time since mid-January) are now seeing a month-over-month decline at the pump," said Jenny M. Robinson, manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic.  "As prices continue to retreat from the winter peak, AAA believes prices at the pump should level off this spring and retreat into the summer months."

Other states weren't so lucky, as states like Montana and Washington saw large increases in gas prices month-over-month. Montana saw the largest, with an average gallon there spiking 21 cents to $3.37. In Hawaii, an average gallon of gas rose 11 cents — making its increase the 10th largest — to $4.40 a gallon.

The fluncations have been great among the states in the last month, but AAA noted that the year-over-year prices have dropped almost universally across the United States. Monday's national average of $3.68 is about 15 cents less than one year ago, AAA said.

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