R.I. gas prices fall 2 cents, Mass. gas gains 2 cents as Labor Day approaches

REGULAR GAS prices in Rhode Island declined 2 cents this week to average $2.86 per gallon, 3 cents above the national average. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/AKOS STILLER
REGULAR GAS prices in Rhode Island declined 2 cents this week to average $2.86 per gallon, 3 cents above the national average. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/AKOS STILLER

PROVIDENCE – The average price of self-serve, regular unleaded gasoline in Rhode Island declined 2 cents this week to $2.86 per gallon, 3 cents above the national average.

Gas prices in the Ocean State ranged 40 cents, from $2.69 to $3.09 per gallon. Last year at this time, prices averaged 52 cents lower at $2.34 per gallon.

With Labor Day approaching, motorists could see a small swing toward higher gas prices, but any jump may not last much past the holiday weekend,” said Lloyd Albert, AAA Northeast senior vice president of public and government affairs.

  • Midgrade unleaded averaged $3.06 per gallon this week, ranging from $2.89 to $3.39 per gallon
  • Premium gas averaged $3.24 per gallon, ranging from $2.99 to $3.49 per gallon
  • Diesel fuel averaged $3.17 per gallon, ranging from $2.99 to $3.29 per gallon

In Massachusetts, the average price of regular gas increased 2 cents this week to $2.84 per gallon, 1 cent higher than the national average. Prices ranged 48 cents, from $2.69 to $3.17 per gallon.

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Last year at this time, regular gas prices in Massachusetts were 58 cents lower at an average of $2.26 per gallon.

  • Midgrade unleaded averaged $3.12 per gallon, ranging from $2.89 to $3.39 per gallon
  • Premium gas averaged $3.31, ranging from $3.09 to $3.79 per gallon
  • Diesel fuel averaged $3.19, ranging from $3.03 to $3.49 per gallon