The national average price for a gallon of gas dropped by 17 cents in the past month. Not true in Idaho, where the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded rose 11 cents to $3.53 as of Tuesday, according to motorist organization AAA Idaho. That price was a penny higher than the U.S. average.
Idaho is the only state where gas prices rose in the past week and one of five states where prices rose in the past month, AAA Idaho said in a press release. But its prices are significantly lower than what Hawaii and California motorists are paying, the group said.
The lower national average is because of sluggish demand, signs of economic weakness and lower barrel prices.
"There may be nothing to read into the Idaho numbers, other than the fact that this regional Idaho-Utah market marches to another beat, due to its isolation from other regional fuel sources," said AAA Idaho Public Affairs Director Dave Carlson in the release.
Carlson pointed to Idaho's prices two months ago and five months ago when a gallon was much cheaper than the national average.
Tuesday's retail price for gas was below the $3.77 average Idahoans were paying a year ago, AAA Idaho said. The U.S. average was $3.91 a year ago, it said.
Average prices Tuesday around the state, as reported by AAA Idaho:
- Boise, $3.58
- Coeur d'Alene, $3.35
- Idaho Falls, $3.45
- Lewiston, $3.38
- Nampa, $3.59
- Pocatello, $3.50
- Twin Falls, $3.53