FRAMINGHAM – Massachusetts’s average gas price is down 2 cents from last week ($3.42), averaging $3.40 per gallon, according to AAA Northeast, which has an office in Framingham.
Today’s price is the same as a month ago, and $1.30 higher than December 6, 2020 ($2.10). Massachusetts’s average gas price is 5 cents higher than the national average.
Pump prices fell as fears of a possible COVID-19 global economic slowdown pushed oil prices into the mid $60s per barrel—a price not seen since August. Also helping to ease upward pricing pressure was the decision by OPEC and its oil-producing allies not to cut production.
“Consumers may be catching a break at the pump right now, but it’s not for a very good reason,” says Mary Maguire, Director of Public/Government Affairs, in a press release.” A potential COVID-19 induced economic slowdown hurts everyone and could prompt OPEC to slash production if oil prices drop too low.”
AAA Northeast’s December 6 survey of fuel prices found the current national average to be 4 cents lower than last week ($3.39), averaging $3.35 a gallon.
Today’s national average price is 7 cents lower than a month ago ($3.42), and $1.19 higher than this day last year ($2.16).
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*Prices as of December 6, 2021
AAA Northeast is a not-for-profit auto club with 71 offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, New Hampshire and New York, providing more than 6 million local AAA members with travel, insurance, finance, and auto-related services.