West Central Kentucky Drivers Pinched as Nation Pays More at the Pump

Kentucky, Gas Prices
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After a seven cent increase last week, West Central Kentucky gas prices are up by six cents to $2.432 per gallon this week according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

Gas prices rose sharply in the Great Lakes and Central region on the week.  For a second week, gasoline inventories dropped.  According to Energy Information Administration (EIA) data, the region took a 1.3 million barrel drop to register at 58.8 million.  Overall, inventory levels stand just below this time last year, but about 3.5 million above the five-year average for this time of year.

This week’s average prices: Western Central KY Average: $2.432
Average price during the week of March 19, 2018: $2.368
Average price during the week of March 27, 2017: $2.093

Average prices of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas: 

$2.441        Bowling Green
$2.416        Elizabethtown
$2.535        Louisville
$2.387        Owensboro
$2.382        Paducah

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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