Northeast Ohio Gas Motorists Paying Less at the Pump; Nationwide Supply and Demand “Falling”

Ohio, Gas Prices
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Gas prices in Northeast Ohio are down by six cents over the week at $2.739 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

Unlike most of the country, state gas price averages in the Great Lakes and Central region continue to trend more expensive (Ohio, +2).  Overall, the increase in gas prices can be attributed to a few factors, including planned and unplanned maintenance at half a dozen refineries in the region and inventory levels.  Total inventory in the region sits at 52.3 million barrels according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA).  Despite being on par with levels this time last year, this is one of the lowest levels seen since Memorial Day Weekend this year.

This week’s average prices: Northeast Ohio Average: $2.739
Average price during the week of September 17, 2018: $2.798
Average price during the week of September 25, 2017: $2.355

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

$2.689        Alliance
$2.774        Ashland
$2.673        Ashtabula
$2.799        Aurora
$2.791        Chesterland
$2.729        Cleveland
$2.751        Elyria
$2.721        Independence
$2.711        Lorain
$2.764        Lyndhurst
$2.667        Massillon
$2.785        Mentor
$2.694        New Philadelphia
$2.577        Niles
$2.868        Norwalk
$2.845        Oberlin
$2.705        Parma
$2.679        Ravenna
$2.774        Solon
$2.806        Willard
$2.718        Youngstown

On the National Front 
Motorists in 32 states are welcoming cheaper or stable gas prices at the start of the workweek.  Today’s national gas price average is $2.85, which is the same price as last Monday, one-cent more than last month and 27-cents more expensive than this time last year.

The latest EIA data reports that both U.S. gasoline demand and stocks declined signaling supply and demand are in sync post the summer.  This is true for most regions, except in the Great Lakes and Central region where prices are increasing due to maintenance at a handful of refineries.

At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, the West Texas Intermediate increased 46 cents to settle at $70.78.  Oil prices jumped higher last week after EIA's report showed another decline in oil inventories, which now sit at 394.1 million bbl.  The supply drop from the previous week's 396.2 million barrel has put another spotlight on limited global supply as fall approaches.  If EIA's report this week shows another decrease in domestic crude stocks, oil prices are likely to continue their ascent amid continuing global supply concerns.

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

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