After dropping 54 of 55 days, the national average price of gasoline at the pump has held steady over the past week but has declined each of the past four days. The national average price for regular unleaded was  $2.12 per gallon Monday,  the lowest price for this date since 2004.  Monday’s price is fractions of a penny more than one week ago, but is nine cents less than one month ago and 54 cents less than the same date last year.

Prices in the Central United States continue to be among the cheapest pump prices in the country, including two of the states where prices are below $2.00 per gallon: Tennessee ($1.90) and Oklahoma ($1.99).  Oklahoma’s average Monday was less than a cent below the price five weeks ago, although some markets, such as Oklahoma City and Tulsa, have price averages a dime to 12 cents above where they stood two weeks ago.