Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania fell by two cents this week to an average of $2.795 per gallon this week, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.
After five weeks of straight gasoline inventory drops, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports a 2.4 million barrel build in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region. The increase brings levels to nearly 56 million barrels, which is just 400,000 fewer than this this time last year.
Four states in the region top this week’s 10 states list with the biggest decreases. Despite a five-cent drop in price on the week, Pennsylvania ($2.77) is selling some of the most expensive gas in the country and region.
This week’s average prices: Western Pennsylvania Average: $2.795
Average price during the week of September 25, 2017: $2.819
Average price during the week of October 3, 2016: $2.361
The average price of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas:
$2.801 Du Bois
$2.752 New Castle
$2.792 New Kensington
On the National Front
At $2.55, the national gas price average is just two cents cheaper on the week and the most expensive pump price seen at start of October since 2015, when motorists where paying $2.29 for a gallon of unleaded. This can be attributed to the back-to-back hurricanes that affected the Gulf Coast refineries’ production and national inventory levels. As those refineries play catch-up, AAA projects gas prices will continue to remain higher than normal before dropping in the coming weeks.
Today, Gulf Coast refineries are building toward resuming normal operations, but it could take some longer than others to return to pre-hurricane production rates. The EIA reports that Gulf Coast utilization rates are up nearly 12 percent to 85 percent of capacity since last week. As utilization rates increase and operations improve, gas prices will drop.
Across the country, the majority of states saw prices at the pump drop as much as eight cents on the week – with Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states benefiting the most. While five Great Lakes and Central States are paying up to 11 cents more for gas. Today, motorists can find gas for $2.50 or less at 56 percent of gas stations in the country.
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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