Western Pennsylvania Drivers Pinched at the Pump Over the Week

Pennsylvania, Gas Prices
Sunrise at gas station by Don DeBold
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Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania increased by nearly eight cents this week to $2.861 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. 

After a substantial build the week prior, this week the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region had a nearly 500,000 barrel drop in gasoline inventory.  The 53 million barrels in total is typical for this time of year.  While gas prices are as much as five cents more expensive on the week in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region, they are 17-25 cents more than a year ago (Pennsylvania, +22 cents).

This week’s average prices: Western Pennsylvania Average: $2.861
Average price during the week of January 16, 2018:  $2.785
Average price during the week of January 23, 2017: $2.610

The average price of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas:      

$2.882      Altoona
$2.869      Beaver
$2.926      Bradford
$2.886      Brookville
$2.879      Butler
$2.886      Clarion
$2.884      Du Bois
$2.772      Erie
$2.873      Greensburg
$2.891      Indiana
$2.898      Jeannette
$2.906      Kittanning
$2.845      Latrobe
$2.885      Meadville
$2.899      Mercer
$2.755      New Castle
$2.883      New Kensington
$2.856      Pittsburgh
$2.773      Sharon
$2.787      Uniontown
$2.894      Warren
$2.807      Washington


On the National Front
Today’s national gas price average is $2.54, which is only one cent more than last week.  The EIA reports that while gasoline demand modestly decreased, inventory increased by 3.6 million barrels.  Combined, these two factors resulted in minimal impact on the national average this week.  On the week, gas prices increased in 41 states with Florida seeing the largest jump at the pump with a nine-cent increase.

At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, West Texas Intermediate dropped 58 cents to settle at $63.37.  Oil prices slid after EIA’s latest petroleum report underscored that domestic crude production in the U.S. continues to grow.  On the week, U.S. production increased by 258,000 b/d to 9.750 million b/d.

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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