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The average gasoline price in Billings fell another 3.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.02 per gallon Sunday, according to gasoline price website BillingsGasPrices.com.

That bucks the national trend that saw prices jump 7.9 cents per gallon in the past week to an average of $3.34 per gallon. 

Billings gas prices are now 9.1 cents per gallon higher than one year ago and are 34.3 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has increased 4.7 cents per gallon during the past month and stands 27 cents per gallon higher than one year ago.

"Gas prices are rising across much of the nation as Iran has continued to threaten closing the Strait of Hormuz, a vital waterway for global oil shipments," said Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy.com senior petroleum analyst.

"Think back to the days following the start of the crisis in Libya — an event that also rattled energy markets — we're seeing similar emotions play out even though there hasn't yet been a disruption to supply. I would blame emotion for the recent uptick in gasoline prices, nothing else," DeHaan said.

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