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As Nation's Gas Prices Climb, Oregon's Keep Dropping

For several weeks in a row, the nation's gas prices have continued to rise — but so far, Oregon has trended the opposite direction.

Posted: Feb 19, 2019 3:18 PM

SALEM, Ore. — The West Coast usually boasts some of the highest gasoline prices in the United States, and that doesn't seem likely to change anytime soon. Yet gas prices in Oregon have continued to drop in price while those elsewhere in the nation keep climbing, according to a report from AAA.

"Rising crude oil prices and continuing refinery issues are sending gas prices higher in most states but not Oregon," said Marie Dodds, Director of Government and Public Affairs for AAA.

This week, the national average gas price rose six cents, hitting $2.33 per gallon — the largest one-week increase for the national average so far this year. Meanwhile, Oregon's gas prices continued a multi-week decline, dropping another penny to $2.74.

Granted, Oregon's gas prices continue to be higher than the national average. However, $2.74 is the lowest average price in the state since May of 2017.

Yet the trend may not continue for much longer.

“For now, Oregon pump prices continue to edge lower, but they will also start to rise soon,” said Dodds.

Compared to other metropolitan areas in the state, gas prices in Medford/Ashland fell somewhere in the middle — beating the state average of $2.74 with an area average of $2.68. Areas like Portland and Salem had much higher prices.

Right now, Oregon has the sixth highest gas prices in the nation. California has the highest, followed by Hawaii, Washington, Nevada and Alaska.

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