CT Moves out of top 15 highest gas price list

Connecticut has slipped five spots to 20th place this week in terms of the highest gas prices in the nation.

AAA’s October 5 survey of prices in Connecticut also found self-serve, regular averaging $2.38 a gallon remained unchanged from last week. Compared to last month, however, average prices have dropped 2 cents; and compared to last year, prices have slid $1.22

AAA’s weekly survey of prices in the Nutmeg State’s four regional areas as follows:

Greater Bridgeport/Stamford, $2.47; New Haven/Meriden, $2.37; Greater Hartford, $2.34; New London/Norwich, $2.35

Statewide Average:  $2.38

On the national level, today’s average price also remained unchanged at $2.29 compared to last week, but prices are 32 cents lower compared to last month; and $1.01 lower compared to last year.

Dropping crude oil prices and a switchover to the less-expensive winter blends have prompted lower prices. Experts see a continuing drop in prices in October but at a much slower pace because of refinery maintenance.

New Jersey is now the state with the lowest average gas price -- $1.962 – followed by South Carolina with $1.963; Mississippi with $1.98 and Alabama with $1996. California now leads the pack with highest prices in the nation at $2.94, followed by Alaska, Nevada and Hawaii.

AAA Northeast is a not-for-profit auto club with 61 offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, New Hampshire and New York providing more than 5.1 million local AAA members with travel, insurance, finance, and auto-related services.