Gas prices are falling just in time for Thanksgiving, but they stillare slightly higher than last year during the same holiday weekend.
Theprice of a gallon of unleaded regular averages $3.429 in the EnergyInformation Administration's weekly survey released today, down from$3.449 a week ago and $3.492 two weeks ago.
While gas prices aredown, they're up a bit from the $3.37 price of a year ago over the sameweek, according to both the EIA and the AAA's Fuel Gauge Report.
Easingprices couldn't come at a better time. Thanksgiving is traditionallyone of the busiest travel weeks of the year. AAA, formerly known as theAmerican Automobile Association, expects 43.6 million Americans willtravel 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holidayweekend, up 0.7% over the same period last year. Of those, 90% willtravel by car.
It's expected to be the fourth consecutive year of higher travel.
Inthe government report, the most expensive gasoline in the countryremains in California at $3.783 a gallon, down from $3.85 a gallon lastweek. The cheapest sector is the refinery-rich Gulf Coast, where gas is$3.166 a gallon, down from $3.205 a gallon.