Arkansas Gasoline Prices Still Below National Average

JANUARY 12, 2006 - Posted at 8:12 a.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Gasoline prices in Arkansas have fluctuated since some stations returned to pre-hurricane levels in November, but they've often fallen below the national average.  According to the AAA, formerly known as the American Automobile Association, Arkansas prices averaged about $2.26 per gallon of unleaded gasoline yesterday.  That was up from $2.10 a month ago and $1.70 a year ago.  The national average yesterday was $2.33, up from $1.80 a year ago.

In cities around the state, gas prices yesterday averaged $2.30 in the Little Rock area, $2.28 in Forrest City, $2.27 in Bentonville, and $2.25 in Jonesboro and El Dorado.

AAA spokesman Michael Right says the increased cost of crude oil and wholesale gasoline is driving prices up.

After Hurricane Katrina knocked out several Gulf Coast refineries, Arkansas retail gasoline prices peaked at about $3.00 per gallon in early September.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)