Northeast Ohio Gas Prices Inch Up, Nationwide Average Continues to Climb

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Northeast Ohio gas prices are up by a penny this week to $2.678 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

Comparing pump prices to those this time last year, Ohio motorists are paying 47-cents more to fill-up.  With a 430,000 barrel draw, inventories in the Great Lakes and Central region fell this week to 56.6 million according to the latest Energy Information Administration (EIA) data.

This week’s average prices: Northeast Ohio Average:  $2.678
Average price during the week of April 23, 2018: $2.670
Average price during the week of May 1, 2017: $2.301

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

$2.631        Alliance
$2.783        Ashland
$2.606        Ashtabula
$2.691        Aurora
$2.692        Chesterland
$2.689        Cleveland
$2.667        Elyria
$2.681        Independence
$2.650        Lorain
$2.745        Lyndhurst
$2.651        Massillon
$2.680        Mentor
$2.630        New Philadelphia
$2.574        Niles
$2.840        Norwalk
$2.815        Oberlin
$2.649        Parma
$2.583        Ravenna
$2.694        Solon
$2.697        Willard
$2.597        Youngstown

On the National Front
Hitting $2.81, today’s national gas price average has reached the highest price per gallon since November 2014.  That year, pump prices averaged $3.34, peaking at $3.70 in April and bottoming out at $2.25 in December.  On the week, gasoline demand took a notable drop from its record high the previous week, falling by 774,000 b/d, according to the EIA.  At 9.083 million b/d, gasoline demand is now more in line with rates typically seen during the spring driving season.

At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, West Texas Intermediate dropped 9-cents to settle at $68.10.  Following EIA’s report that revealed crude inventories moved higher by 2.2 million barrels, oil prices were mostly stable last week, but remained near the three year highs they reached earlier this month.

Total U.S. crude oil output increased to 10.586 million b/d.  The big news in U.S. crude production this week is in exports, which surged to 2.331 million b/d last week – the highest weekly estimate ever on record from the EIA.  The new record high bested the last record, which was set in mid-February of this year. 

Crude production in the U.S. is likely to continue its ascent.  It has grown considerably alongside the total number of active rigs.  According to Baker Hughes, the total number of rigs increased by five last week, bringing the total to 825. There are 128 more rigs this year than this time last year. 

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

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