Western Pennsylvania Gas Prices Show Little Movement as Regional Inventory Tightens

Pennsylvania, Gas Prices
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Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania are down fractions of a penny this week to $3.082 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. 

Gas prices are volatile across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region, with the biggest changes in prices being +3 cents and -4 cents.  Statewide, Pennsylvania gas prices are one cent higher week-over-week at $3.04/gallon. 

With a nearly one million barrel decline, the region saw the largest drop in gasoline inventories in the country on the week, according to Energy Information Administration (EIA) data.  Even still, at 65.2 million barrels, the region has a 3 million barrel inventory surplus compared to last year at this time which could continue to help stabilize gas prices in the region. 

This week’s average prices: Western Pennsylvania Average: $3.082
Average price during the week of July 23, 2018: $3.087
Average price during the week of July 31, 2017:  $2.548

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

$3.068      Altoona
$3.091      Beaver
$3.071      Bradford
$3.175      Brookville
$3.074      Butler
$2.935      Clarion
$3.045      Du Bois
$3.082      Erie
$3.101      Greensburg
$3.095      Indiana
$3.128      Jeannette
$3.150      Kittanning
$3.098      Latrobe
$3.090      Meadville
$3.094      Mercer
$3.052      New Castle
$3.068      New Kensington
$3.098      Pittsburgh
$3.006      Sharon
$3.059      Uniontown
$3.144      Warren
$3.072      Washington

On the National Front
As U.S. gasoline demand strengthened and supply declined, the national gas price average increased by two-cents on the week to land at $2.86.  According to the latest EIA report, total crude inventories fell on the week and now register at 405 million barrels, which is 80 million lower than levels at the same time last year. 

As crude and gasoline inventories tighten, motorists may see gas prices trend higher and remain volatile.  On the week, pump prices increased as much as 11-cents for some states with others seeing decreases of up to four-cents. 

While today’s gas price average is one-cent less than last month, it is 55-cents more than a year ago and crude oil prices are up $20/bbl compared to this time last year.  At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, West Texas Intermediate decreased 92 cents to settle at $68.69. Oil prices trended higher with the release of EIA's weekly report that total crude inventories fell by 6.2 million barrels and face a year-over-year deficit.

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

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