The Associated Press

For the fifth straight week, Arizona motorists saw gas prices fall, while the average price nationwide moved in the opposite direction.

In the past week, the statewide average shed 3 cents to $3.39 per gallon of regular gas on Thursday, according to AAA Arizona. Nationally, prices rose 3 cents in a week to $3.56 per gallon.

Tucson had the state's lowest average price, at $3.27 per gallon or about 3 cents less than last week; Flagstaff had the highest average at $3.67 per gallon.

Phoenix saw its average gas price drop nearly 5 cents in the past week, to $3.33 per gallon on Thursday, according to AAA.

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