Gas prices dip in the New Orleans area

New Orleans, La. - Gas prices are down in the metro area near 4-cents a gallon, but still much higher than a year ago. According to the gasoline price website, gasoline prices are averaging $3.59 a gallon. This compares with the national average of $3.80 a gallon.

Despite the dip, drivers are still paying much more than they did a year ago, when gasoline prices were 45.8 cents per gallon lower. But the latest numbers are an improvement from a month ago when gasoline was selling for $3.75 cents a gallon - 15 cents a gallon higher than today. The national average has decreased 1.3 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 37.2 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.

"Thanks largely due to the situation in California, the national average rose slightly in the last week," said Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "The good news for Californians is to expect relief this week. Around the rest of the nation I expect a mixed bag, with prices not moving significantly in either direction from what I can see at this time. Nationally, prices remain much higher than last year, especially in California, where the average now stands 88c/gal higher than a year ago," DeHaan said.