Ohio 4th of July Travelers Relish Low Gas Prices

Ohio, Gas Prices
Pumping gas by Mike Mozart
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Gas prices in Northeast Ohio dropped by four cents this week to $2.091 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. 

All states in the Great Lakes and Central region, except Illinois, saw gasoline prices drop on average by three cents on the week.  Three states saw of some of the country’s largest price declines this week, including Ohio (-8 cents).  Gasoline production in the region rose for a third consecutive week to the highest in a year, according to the EIA.  At the same time, stockpiles declined to register at about 54 million barrels, which is 1.5 million higher than levels a year ago.

This week’s average prices: Northeast Ohio Average: $2.091
Average price during the week of June 26, 2017: $2.131
Average price during the week of July 5, 2016: $2.230

Average prices of the unleaded self-service gasoline in various areas:

$2.095        Alliance
$2.075        Ashland
$2.080        Ashtabula
$2.199        Aurora
$2.191        Chesterland
$2.081        Cleveland
$2.079        Elyria
$2.027        Independence
$2.039        Lorain
$2.160        Lyndhurst
$1.963        Massillon
$2.022        Mentor
$2.192        New Philadelphia
$2.055        Niles
$2.103        Norwalk
$2.175        Oberlin
$2.043        Parma
$2.051        Ravenna
$2.159        Solon
$2.020        Willard
$2.111        Youngstown

On the National Front
At $2.23, today’s average national gas price is the cheapest the country has seen all year.  On the week, gas prices fell in 46 states.  Only Illinois, Oklahoma and Washington, D.C. saw prices increase, albeit by one cent each.  South Carolina continues to carry the cheapest gas in the country at $1.90.  Today, consumers can find gas for $2.00 or less at one out of every four gas stations in the country.

The last time gas prices were this cheap for the Independence Day holiday was 2005.  That year, the price on July 4 was $2.23, which was the first time gas prices ever rose above the $2.00 mark for the holiday.  Today’s price is three cents less than a week ago, 15 cents less than a month ago and four cents less than this day a year ago.

After making gains toward the end of the week, West Texas Intermediate continues to float above $46 per barrel on Monday morning.  The market has been steadily climbing after EIA data showed that domestic oil production lowered for the week ending on June 23.  Moreover, last week Baker Hughes, Inc. reported that for the first time in 24 weeks, the U.S. lost two oil rigs.  However, the U.S. oil rig count is still up by 415 when compared to the count last year at this time. This significant number of rigs means that the market still has a long way to go before decreased production in the U.S. has a major impact on the price per barrel of crude.  In the meantime, drivers will continue to benefit from high crude production rates that have contributed to record refinery output rates this year. 

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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