Gas prices in Midland/Odessa are still rising even though the state average drops.

According to the Midland Reporter-Telegram, AAA Texas reports that gas prices in Midland/Odessa went up to an average of $2.57 per gallon, 2 cents higher than last week, while the state average dropped by 2 cents to $2.35 per gallon.

The national average rose a penny to $2.60 per gallon.

Between the two cities in the Permian Basin, Midland still has the higher gas prices of the two with the cheapest gas in Midland at $2.32, while the cheapest in Odessa was $2.28. Also seven of the eight lowest prices were in Odessa.

Gas retailers have said that the reason for the higher prices stems from transportation costs and supply-and-demand rules.

AAA Texas survey found that Lubbock and Ft. Worth-Arlington areas are seeing the cheapest gas in the state with an average of $2.29 per gallon.

A spokesman for AAA Texas said drivers in Texas are paying an average of 26 cents per gallon more than they were paying a year ago.