Western PA Gas Prices Hold Steady
Western Pennsylvania gas prices stagnated this week at $2.510 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. Although there’s little fluctuation, the prices remain higher than the national average.
On the National Front
Pump prices remain relatively stable, with today’s national average price for regular unleaded gasoline holding at $2.29 per gallon. Today’s average price is down by a fraction of a penny compared to one week ago, but has moved one cent higher compared to last month. Drivers are paying 31 cents more per gallon at the pump compared to this same date last year.
The East Coast saw a decline in gasoline supplies last week as refiners prepare to switch from winter-blend to summer-blend gasoline. Despite the decline in supply, prices in the regions remain stable on the week with Pennsylvania ($2.49) and New York ($2.43) landing on the list of top 15 most expensive markets in the country. Pennsylvania is one of the nation’s markets that has seen the largest yearly increase, adding 43 cents to its average.
While prices have been flat in recent weeks, a long-term bearish sentiment continues to underscore the global oil market as speculation about the balance between OPEC cuts and U.S. production drives the market. On Friday, oil service company, Baker Hughes, reported that the U.S. rig count increased again last week when producers added 14 drilling rigs, bringing the total rig count to 631 in the United States. Traders will continue to watch whether OPEC and non-OPEC members make moves to further cut production in an attempt to balance the global oil supply. At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, West Texas Intermediate was up three cents to settle at $48.78 per barrel.
This week’s average prices: Western Pennsylvania Average $2.510
Average price during the week of March 13, 2017 $2.516
Average price during the week of March 23, 2016 $2.080
The following is a list of the average price of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas:
$2.475 Du Bois
$2.464 New Castle
$2.537 New Kensington
Motorists can find current gas prices along their route with the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. The app can also be used to map a route, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile.
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