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U.S. gas prices way down from last April; under $1 per gallon in Midwest

U.S. gas prices way down from last April; under $1 per gallon in Midwest
Gasoline prices are displayed at a Gulf station in St. Louis. Mo., on April 1. AAA said Friday the national average is down a full dollar per gallon compared to this same time last year. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | License Photo

April 17 (UPI) -- Gasoline prices in the United States have steadily fallen in recent weeks -- to less than a dollar per gallon in some places -- as fewer drivers are on the road due to coronavirus-related restrictions.

AAA said Friday the national average for a gallon of gas is $1.83 -- a decline of 41 cents per gallon from a month ago and a full dollar cheaper than the average price a year ago.

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The cheapest gasoline is being sold in the Midwest, where the cost per gallon is $1.50 or less in seven states, according to AAA.

Wisconsin has the least expensive regular gas in the United States, at an average of $1.25 per gallon. But several locations are selling fuel for less than a dollar per gallon.

Gas stations in Milwaukee and Waukesha, Wis., were both selling regular gasoline for less than a dollar.

"I came a little bit out of my way because its only 89 cents per gallon," driver Jenna Strobel told WTMJ-TV. "I can barely believe it. I filled up my gas tank for $11. Unbelievable."

The cost of gasoline has fallen due to the coronavirus crisis and tensions in the oil markets in recent weeks that depressed prices. Russia and OPEC agreed last week to a plan to cut production, but the two sides took weeks to arrive at a deal, during which time oil prices sank to historic lows.

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Playground equipment is closed off to children to help stop the spread of COVID-19 at a park in Takoma Park, Md., on April 15. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

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