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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