NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Gas prices are hovering near a six-year low and are likely to remain low through the holidays.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says the national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gas fell to $2.01 last week, down 61 cents from a year ago.

The figure also reflects the lowest gas prices of 2015, beating the $2.03 mark set at the end of January.

AAA says the average prices should soon fall below $2 nationally. The last time that happened was in 2009.

In New Jersey, prices dropped to an average of $1.93, or 64 cents below a year ago.

AAA credits the downward trend to increased gasoline production and an excess of crude oil.

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