TRENTON, N.J. — Gas prices in New Jersey are continuing to decline even as the national average is moving up.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in the state on Friday was $2.60, down three cents from last week. Motorists were paying $2.31 a gallon for gas in New Jersey at this time last year.

The national average gas price Friday was $2.54, an increase of two cents from a week earlier. A year ago, drivers across the nation were paying an average of $2.32 for a gallon of regular gas.

Analysts say gas prices are trending cheaper as the demand for consumer gasoline declines, but gas prices are likely to increase throughout April, May and into the start of summer.