The Lundberg Survey says the average price of gasoline across the country dropped about 11 cents over the last two weeks.
Analyst Trilby Lundberg says regular gas dropped to $3 a gallon. It peaked in May at $3.18. Mid-grade averaged $3.11, and premium was $3.22.
The lowest price was in Jackson, Mississippi, where a gallon of regular cost $2.75. The highest average price was in Chicago at $3.39, according to the Lundberg Survey of 7,000 stations nationwide.
Locally, Petal matches the nationwide low at around $2.75 a gallon.
Across the river in Hattiesburg, and up in Laurel, prices are considerably higher, ranging from $2.83 to $2.88 a gallon.
One area business owner who did not wish to be identified said his prices are set in a contract with his supplier that states he will sell his gas at two cents lower than his two nearest competitors.