Updated May 5 at 6:05pm

R.I. gas prices rise a penny, Mass. average unchanged

Gas prices rose a penny in Rhode Island and remained unchanged in Massachusetts this week, while the national average dropped for the first time in months, according to the weekly survey by AAA Southern New England. More

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R.I. gas prices rise a penny, Mass. average unchanged

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PROVIDENCE – Gas prices rose a penny in Rhode Island and remained unchanged in Massachusetts this week, while the national average dropped for the first time in months, according to the weekly survey by AAA Southern New England.

A gallon of self-serve, unleaded regular gas averaged $3.73 in Rhode Island in the May 5 survey, an increase of 1 cent over the price a week ago. In Massachusetts, the average price for self-serve, unleaded regular matched last week’s at $3.69 per gallon.

Rhode Island’s average price came in 13 cents higher than the average a month ago, while in Massachusetts, local gas prices were 16 cents higher than last month’s. A year ago, the same gas cost $3.49 per gallon in Rhode Island and $3.42 per gallon in Massachusetts.

Self-serve, unleaded regular varied in price from $3.54 to $3.80 across the Ocean State in the survey. The average per-gallon prices for different grades of gas ranged from $3.91 for mid-grade unleaded to $4.03 for premium unleaded to $4.10 for diesel.

Self-serve, unleaded regular ranged in price across Massachusetts from $3.55 to $3.80 per gallon. Mid-grade unleaded averaged $3.87 this week, while premium unleaded cost an average of $3.99 per gallon, and diesel posted an average price of $4.06 per gallon.

The national average price for a gallon of unleaded regular dropped 3 cents compared with last week to $3.67, 2 cents lower than the Massachusetts average and 6 cents lower than Rhode Island’s average.

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