Gas prices drop around the Bay Area

The average price in the state is $3.85 per gallon of unleaded gasoline, a decrease of 26 cents since AAA's last gas survey on Aug. 12.

The Bay Area's average price stayed barely above $4 per gallon, at $4.01, which was still a drop of 27 cents from last month.

The national average is at $3.65 per gallon, down 15 cents compared to last month.

"So far, concerns that recent hurricanes are slowing oil production in the Gulf are not having a big impact on the market," Matt Skryja, AAA Northern California spokesman, said in a prepared statement.

"Investors also seem to be ignoring military tensions that could threaten supplies in oil-producing countries," Skryja said. "These factors, in addition to reduced consumer demand, are helping to keep prices low."

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