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    Moe's gas station in San Jose.

    U.S. gasoline prices are up again, but they're rising at a slower pace. And in the normally pricey Bay Area, while the price is above the national average, the average price of gas is actually 6 or 7 cents cheaper than a week ago and down about a quarter from last month.

    The average price of regular jumped 3 cents a gallon in the past two weeks to $2.87 a gallon. Analyst Trilby Lundberg says it's the smallest hike in nine weeks.

    The highest price in the continental United States was $3.62 in San Diego. The lowest was $2.45 in Tucson, Arizona.

    But in San Jose, the average retail gasoline price dropped 6.3 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.44 a gallon as of Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 427 gas outlets in San Jose.

    The price was even lower on San Jose's McKee Road on Monday: $3.04 a gallon. In Oakland, the average was $3.46 cents on Monday, and it San Francisco, $3.60 a gallon.

    This compares with the national average that has increased 5.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.81 a gallon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.