AAA: Idaho gas prices still higher than U.S. average

The factors that held down the national average gas price during the past month have had less effect in Idaho and other western states, according to a news release from AAA.

Idaho’s average per-gallon price dropped four cents in the past week to $3. That is the seventh-highest price in the country and is 36 cents higher than the $2.64 average U.S. price, AAA said.

Gas prices could fall going into the Labor Day weekend, said AAA Idaho spokesman Dave Carlson. But he added that retail prices in Idaho and the West are higher and more volatile based on shifts in supply and demand.

“Tight supplies and isolation from other sources frequently hold it captive to higher pump prices,” Carlson said of the region.

(Read more: the Idaho Statesman’s June 20 in-depth story about Idaho gas prices )

The average pump price Tuesday was $3 in Boise, $2.92 in Coeur d’Alene, $2.95 in Idaho Falls, $3.06 in Lewiston, $3 in Pocatello, $2.99 in Nampa and $2.87 in Twin Falls.