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PROVIDENCE — The price of gasoline continues to drop in Rhode Island with a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline dipping 3 cents this week despite a rise in demand over Labor Day weekend.

A survey of prices conduct through AAA Northeast on Tuesday found a gallon of self-serve, regular unleaded averaging $2.56 per gallon. Rhode Island’s price is one cent lower than the national average for regular unleaded of $2.57.

The drop marks seven straight weeks of decline. Diana Imondi, manager of public affairs and traffic safety for AAA Northeast said hurricane patterns and weather could impact future pricing but noted that Hurricane Dorian is unlikely to cause any major change in pricing.

“As an east coast storm, Hurricane Dorian is not threatening major oil and gas infrastructure so its impact is localized to its path along the east coast,” Imondi said. “For New England and the rest of the country, demand, which remains high, is chipping away at supply, but not at a high enough rate to increase gas prices.”

A year ago at this time, the average price in Rhode Island was thirty cents higher at $2.86.

The range in prices in the latest AAA survey for unleaded regular is 38 cents, from a low of $2.39 to a high of $2.77.

— Jason Vallee

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