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PROVIDENCE — Following a week in which gas prices jumped by 7 cents per gallon, costs have leveled off for local motorists.

According to a survey through AAA Northeast on Monday, gas prices in Rhode Island remain the same as they were a week ago. The survey found self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $2.57 per gallon in Rhode Island.

“A healthy and growing level of gasoline supply alongside decreasing demand are two factors helping to minimize gas price fluctuations,” said Lloyd Albert, senior vice president of public and government affairs for AAA Northeast. “In the last week, 32 states saw pump prices push less expensive by just a penny or two or saw no change at all.”

Rhode Island’s price is 1 cent below the national average of $2.58. A year ago at this time, the average price in Rhode Island was 17 cents lower at $2.40 per gallon.

The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 38 cents, from a low of $2.41 to a high of $2.79.

— Jason Vallee

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