Gasoline prices in Arizona at $3.54 per gallon

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By Sarah Blais By Sarah Blais

PHOENIX (AP) -- After two weeks on the rise, gasoline prices at the pump around Arizona are lower this week.

Officials with Triple-A Arizona said Thursday that the average statewide price for unleaded regular gasoline is at $3.54 a gallon. That's down by nearly 3 cents from last week.

This week's national average is at $3.63 per gallon, also down by almost 3 cents from last week.

Analysts say high crude oil costs will make for a volatile month for fuel prices.

Tucson has the lowest average gasoline price in Arizona at $3.39 a gallon while Flagstaff has the highest at $3.74.

South Carolina has the lowest average gas prices in the continental U.S. at $3.30 a gallon with Connecticut having the highest at $4 a gallon.