Northeast Ohio Gas Prices Drop, High Demand Threatens National Average

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Northeast Ohio gas prices dropped by four cents this week to $2.723 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

Motorists are seeing cheaper gas prices this week for the bulk of the Great Lakes and Central states.  Statewide, Ohio (-10 cents) tops the chart for the biggest weekly change in gas price averages in the country.  Inventory levels bumped up slightly by 300,000 barrels on the week, sitting at the 52.5 million mark according to Energy Information Administration (EIA).
 

This week’s average prices: Northeast Ohio Average:  $2.723
Average price during the week of June 11, 2018:  $2.762
Average price during the week of June 19, 2017:   $2.156

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

$2.627        Alliance
$2.610        Ashland
$2.706        Ashtabula
$2.899        Aurora
$2.803        Chesterland
$2.731        Cleveland
$2.688        Elyria
$2.728        Independence
$2.691        Lorain
$2.781        Lyndhurst
$2.702        Massillon
$2.720        Mentor
$2.689        New Philadelphia
$2.700        Niles
$2.743        Norwalk
$2.766        Oberlin
$2.705        Parma
$2.559        Ravenna
$2.853        Solon
$2.760        Willard
$2.712        Youngstown

On the National Front
On the week, the national gas price average is two cents cheaper at $2.90.  Today’s national average is only one cent more expensive than a month ago, but 60 cents more expensive than a year ago.

Nationwide, 44 states have less expensive or steady gas price averages compared to last Monday.  However, the cheaper trend may be reversing.  Gasoline demand spiked in the latest EIA report, in fact setting a new record at 9.88 million b/d for the week ending June 8.  As demand skyrockets, U.S. gasoline inventories plummeted 2.27 million barrels to land at 237 million, which is 5.7 million below stocks last year at this time.  If demand continues to strengthen and inventories decrease in the weeks ahead, motorists may see gas prices do a reversal and start to increase again.

Moving into this week, another factor that will influence gas prices in the near and long-term will be outcomes from the June 22 OPEC meeting in Vienna, Austria.  The cartel, along with other major producers including Russia, will discuss increasing oil production ahead of the year-end scheduled dissolution of its production reduction agreement.  Some reports indicate that OPEC could be looking at an increase of 300,000 to 600,000 b/d to help ease global crude price gains.  An increase in production would likely decrease crude oil prices and encourage cheaper gas prices.

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

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