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Idaho gas prices fall, national average rises

Average price of gas in Idaho drops 3.4 cents per gallon, removing the Gem State from AAA's top 10 list for most expensive gas in the country.

BOISE, Idaho — The price of gas in Boise continues to fall, with an average decline of 6.4 cents per gallon in the last week.

Meanwhile, prices surged in other parts of the country.

According to AAA, Idaho is now ranked 13th in the nation for most expensive gas, removing it from the top ten list.

GasBuddy's survey of 216 stations in Boise reports that the average gas price now sits at $3.40 per gallon.

The average price of gas in Idaho is $3.36 per gallon, down 3.4 cents per gallon from last week.

For comparison, Oregon's current average is $3.66 per gallon, a 3.6 cent drop from last week.

As of Jan. 8, the cheapest gas in Boise was $3.27 per gallon, and the most expensive is $3.59 per gallon.

One month ago, gas prices in Boise were at an average 45.2 cents more.

Ten years ago on Jan. 9, gas prices in Boise sat at $2.95 per gallon.

Although Boise prices have fallen, the national average has risen by 8.2 cents, averaging $3.25 per gallon.

"Last week, the rise in gasoline prices continued, still due to previous refinery outages caused by the cold weather the week of Christmas. However, I'm optimistic that as refiners get back online, we could see the increases slow down as we head into the time of year when gasoline demand is at its weakest," said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy.

"While gasoline prices have rallied, average diesel prices continue to drift lower, which certainly bodes well for the overall economy. As long as refiners are able to get back online soon from previous cold-weather outages, we could see supply start to recover at the same time demand is weak, which could bring gas prices down again. The window of opportunity, however, is shrinking, and by late February or early March, we'll likely kick off the seasonal rise in gasoline prices."

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