Over the past few days, gas prices have been dropping in many parts of California. However, according to the latest report from AAA Northern California, which tracks gas prices as a service to consumers, many of the monthly gas pump price comparisons show slight increases. According to AAA, all but eight Northern California metro areas tracked by the organization saw an increase at the pump over the past month, the organization said in a news release. The Golden State’s average for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline is $3.78, which is unchanged since last month’s AAA report on July 12. For perspective, that’s 61 cents higher than California’s average price on this date last year. Among all 50 states, California is tied with Maine for the eighth-highest state average price for regular, unleaded gasoline. Hawaii is first and Connecticut is second. Both are the only states with averages over four dollars. Northern California gas prices are now averaging $3.79, up two cents from last month. In the San Francisco Bay area, motorists can expect to pay an average price of $3.88, which is a 2-cent increase. The national average price of $3.65 is up by one cent, which is 88 cents more than the national price on this date last year, when it was $2.77.