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Downward Trend Seen In Region’s Pump Prices
Keiko Hashimoto gases up her car at one of the five gas stations that had the cheapest gas in Manteca on Friday afternoon. Over the course of the last month, she said, the cost of gassing up her vehicle has increased more than 25 percent. - photo by JASON CAMPBELL

Gasoline prices in Modesto have fallen 3.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.03/gallon, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 201 stations in Modesto. This compares with the national average that has increased 0.6 cents per gallon versus last week to $2.24/gallon, according to GasBuddy.

Average gasoline prices on Jan. 21 in Modesto have ranged widely over the last five years: $2.94/gallon in 2018, $2.63 in 2017, $2.40 in 2016, $2.31 in 2015 and $3.44/gallon in 2014.

“The national average price for gasoline has seen little change in the last week in most areas,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. “The transition to summer gasoline, a three month process, will begin in the weeks ahead, so the current period is still the calm before the storm.”

Including the change locally during the past week, prices as of Jan. 21 were 9.1 cents per gallon higher than a year ago and are 14.6 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has dropped 10.4 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 29.1 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.

Areas near Modesto and their current gas price climate include: Stockton - $3.09/gallon, down 3.9 cents per gallon from last week’s $3.13; Oakland - $3.32, down 2.2 cents from $3.34; and San Jose - $3.30, down 3.6 cents from last week’s $3.33/gallon.

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