Western Pennsylvania Gas Prices Drop as Millions Hit the Road for Thanksgiving

Pennsylvania, Gas Prices
Route 66 gas station by Marcin Wichary
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Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania are nearly eight cents cheaper this week at $2.868 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. 

On the week, state gas prices average are three to eight cents cheaper in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region with prices ranging from $2.88 in Connecticut to $2.28 in Delaware.  Statewide, gas prices are seven cents cheaper across the Keystone State – which is good news for the 1.5 million Pennsylvanians that AAA projects will drive 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving Holiday. 

Gasoline stocks built by 270,000 barrels to remain relatively stable at 64 million, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA).  Meanwhile, refinery utilization in the region stayed consistent at 90 percent.  Utilization has been slowly, but surely increasing since the beginning of October as refineries wrap up seasonal maintenance.

This week’s average prices: Western Pennsylvania Average               $2.868
Average price during the week of November 12, 2018                           $2.943
Average price during the week of November 20, 2017                           $2.842

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

$2.661      Altoona
$2.891      Beaver
$2.844      Bradford
$3.001      Brookville
$2.861      Butler
$2.873      Clarion
$2.885      Du Bois
$2.855      Erie
$2.880      Greensburg
$2.854      Indiana
$2.901      Jeannette
$2.878      Kittanning
$2.833      Latrobe
$2.857      Meadville
$2.875      Mercer
$2.779      New Castle
$2.867      New Kensington
$2.906      Pittsburgh
$2.872      Sharon
$2.897      Uniontown
$2.914      Warren
$2.918      Washington


On the National Front 
Motorists nationwide can add cheaper gas prices to their list of ‘things for which to be thankful’ this Thanksgiving holiday.  Today’s national gas price average is $2.62, which is seven-cents less than a week ago and the largest one-week decline in pump price this year.  In fact, the large drop brings the year-over-year differential in gas prices to only seven cents – that is the lowest yearly change seen July 2017.  The decrease in gasoline is welcomed news for the nearly 49 million Americans that AAA projects are hitting the road for Thanksgiving, some starting as early as today.

At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, West Texas Intermediate was unchanged and settled at $56.46.  Oil prices mostly dropped last week as EIA reported that crude inventories continue to build, now for the eighth consecutive week.  Total domestic inventories sit at 442.1 million barrels, which is 16.9 million lower than levels at this time last year.  Inventories grew as the EIA reported the U.S. hit a new record for crude production last week.  At 11.7 million b/d, it is the highest rate on record since the EIA began tracking it in 1983.

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

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