Gas in Region 8 inches toward $2 a gallon

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - One year ago, many might have been skeptical if gas would ever dip below $3 a gallon. Wednesday morning in Jonesboro, stations are selling gasoline at $2.11 a gallon, roughly $1.40 less than it was a year ago.

But the state with the cheapest gas in the nation is Missouri, with prices even closer to $2.00 a gallon.

The Missouri average was just $2.19 per gallon, and some parts of the state are well below that. Stations in Neosho are selling at $2.06 per gallon for regular unleaded, while $2.07 is a common price in the St. Louis area. One station in Peculiar is selling gas for $2.04.

The AAA Auto Club's daily online Fuel Gauge Report on Tuesday showed the average price nationally for a gallon of regular unleaded at $2.49.

Experts say lower demand and declining crude oil prices are keeping prices down at the pumps. And they expect the downward trend to continue.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.