Nevada Gas Prices Ease Down A Bit

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There's a ray of good news at the gas pumps this week for sticker-shocked Nevada motorists.

AAA Nevada, which tracks gasoline prices, says the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gas is $2.11 statewide. That's down 11 cents from a month ago and is 19 cents a gallon less that the record high of $2.30 set on May 27.

It's still a nickel higher than the national average and 41 cents a gallon more than the statewide average a year ago.

"It's an encouraging trend, but we have a long way to go before most consumers would be able to cross high prices off their list of concerns," said Sean Comey, spokesman for AAA Nevada.

"Even if prices continue to decline at this rate - and that's a big if - it would take months before we'd be back to where prices were a year ago."

The state's cheapest gas is in Las Vegas and North Las Vegas at $2.05. The Vegas price is off 17 cents and it's down 18 cents in North Las Vegas.

Once again, Elko is another bargain spot for gas at $2.06, down 15 cents. Reno and Sparks have the most expensive gas at $2.13. That's down 14 cents in Sparks and 13 cents in Reno.

Carson City gas averaged $2.07, down 16 cents over the month.

"What's even more critical that what a gallon of gas costs today is what the price is this fall," Comey said. "Historically, we've seen fuel prices drop after Labor Day. If that doesn't happen this year, it would be a disturbing development for consumers."

The national average is $1.91 a gallon, ranging from $1.73 in Greenville, S.C., to $2.65 in Wailuku, Hawaii.