Gas Prices Down Nationally for First Time Since February

MAY 22, 2006 - Posted at 7:52 a.m. CST

CAMARILLO, CA - For the first time in three months, we're paying less for gasoline.

The Lundberg Survey shows the average price nationwide has dropped a penny-and-a-half to $2.93.  It's the first drop since prices began a steady climb in late February.

The survey monitors prices of roughly 7,000 gas stations.

Gas prices have climbed more than 70 cents since February 24, when self-serve regular was $2.24 per gallon.

Of the stations surveyed, the highest average price in the nation for regular unleaded was found in San Diego at $3.40 per gallon.  The lowest was in Wichita, Kansas, where drivers paid an average of $2.59 per gallon.

The average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline in Jonesboro this morning is $2.53(9) per gallon.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)