Western PA Gas Prices Dip Slightly, Nationwide Average Continues to Drop

Pennsylvania, Gas Prices
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Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania are down by two cents this week to $3.124 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. 

Motorists are enjoying cheaper gas prices at the pump across all states in Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region.  Statewide, Pennsylvania’s average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline is three cents lower than one week ago ($3.07). 

Adding a substantial 2.2 million barrels to inventories, regional levels register at 67 million and are likely a factor driving gas prices down.  However, despite the build, the region has a 2 million-inventory deficit compared to Energy Information Administration (EIA) data for this time last year.

This week’s average prices: Western Pennsylvania Average: $3.124
Average price during the week of June 4, 2018:  $3.147
Average price during the week of June 12, 2017:  $2.597

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

$2.981      Altoona
$3.171      Beaver
$3.053      Bradford
$3.261      Brookville
$3.112      Butler
$3.158      Clarion
$3.042      Du Bois
$3.130      Erie
$3.156      Greensburg
$3.103      Indiana
$3.187      Jeannette
$3.149      Kittanning
$3.098      Latrobe
$3.089      Meadville
$3.126      Mercer
$3.103      New Castle
$3.133      New Kensington
$3.166      Pittsburgh
$3.171      Sharon
$3.113      Uniontown
$3.097      Warren
$3.135      Washington


On the National Front
At $2.92, the national gas price average has dropped four cents since the beginning of June.  Today’s average is three cents less than a week ago, six cents more than a month ago and 58 cents more expensive than a year ago.  On the week, only eight states saw prices increase while all others dropped by as much as 13 cents or remained stable.

Dropping by 713,000 b/d, the EIA reports that demand registers (for the first time since mid-January) just under 9 million b/d.  This is surprising, as levels have consistently measured above the 9 million mark every week in June since 2015.

At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, West Texas Intermediate decreased 21 cents to settle at $65.74.  Oil prices trended marginally lower last week following EIA’s report that crude production hit 10.8 million b/d last week.  The estimate sets another weekly domestic record, which has been a reoccurring phenomenon in 2018.  When compared to last year at this point, the U.S. is producing roughly 1.5 million b/d more this year.

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

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