By CBSBoston.com Staff

BOSTON (CBS) — Are gas prices on the way down? The average price per gallon in Massachusetts dropped a penny from last week, and AAA says relief may be coming soon.

The average gas price in the state is now $3.04 per gallon. That’s 12 cents lower than the national average, which also dropped slightly.

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“Crude oil prices saw not only a dramatic drop on the week, but the price per barrel is at the cheapest in three months,” AAA Northeast’s Mary Maguire said in a statement. “If this downward trend continues and less expensive prices are sustained, Americans can expect to see relief at the pump in the near future.”

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Gas prices in Massachusetts are two cents higher than a month ago and 92 cents higher than a year ago.

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CBSBoston.com Staff