Western Pennsylvania Gas Prices Inch Upward as Nation Pays More at the Pump

Pennsylvania, Gas Prices
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Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania are up by nearly a penny this week to $2.775 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. 

In the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region, every state is paying more on the week.  Pennsylvania ($2.80) touts some of the most expensive prices in the region and could trend closer to the $3/gallon mark this spring.

Gasoline inventories increased by a small 206,000 barrels on the week, but still sit at 59.7 million.  This is the first year since 2014 that March inventories sit below 60 million barrels.  Year-over-year, inventories are at an 8.5 million barrel deficit in the region, according to Energy Information Administration (EIA) data.  

This week’s average prices: Western Pennsylvania Average: $2.775
Average price during the week of March 19, 2018:  $2.769
Average price during the week of March 27, 2017:  $2.506

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

$2.794      Altoona
$2.791      Beaver
$2.767      Bradford
$2.783      Brookville
$2.800      Butler
$2.799      Clarion
$2.758      Du Bois
$2.769      Erie
$2.798      Greensburg
$2.797      Indiana
$2.786      Jeannette
$2.808      Kittanning
$2.786      Latrobe
$2.736      Meadville
$2.767      Mercer
$2.771      New Castle
$2.795      New Kensington
$2.816      Pittsburgh
$2.680      Sharon
$2.735      Uniontown
$2.742      Warren
$2.764      Washington


On the National Front
With the arrival of spring, gas prices are more expensive nationwide.  The national gas price average is $2.61, which is a nickel more expensive on the week.  Six states are seeing double-digit increases: Idaho (+16 cents), Utah (+14 cents), Delaware (+13 cents), New Mexico (+12 cents), South Carolina (+10 cents) and Maryland (+10 cents).  As prices soar, the (EIA) reports that demand dropped to 9.3 million b/d as gasoline stocks dipped (1.7 million b/d) on the week.

At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, West Texas Intermediate increased $1.58 to settle at $65.88.  The futures market for crude oil rallied last week after EIA's report revealed crude inventories fell for the third consecutive week.  Crude oil inventories dropped 2.6 million barrels from the previous week, and storage levels across the country now total 428.3 million barrels.  When compared to last March, current domestic crude inventories are 104.8 million barrels lower.  This year-over-year change could be attributed to higher than usual gasoline demand in the U.S. for this time of the year, which has also coincided with growing crude and gasoline exports from the U.S.

Motorists can find current gas prices nationwide, statewide, and countywide at GasPrices.AAA.com.

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