Northeast Ohio Gas Prices Drop; National Average Drops as Crude Trends Cheaper

Ohio, Gas Prices
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Gas prices in Northeast Ohio are about three cents cheaper this week at $2.137 per gallon according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

While most of the country is seeing decreases at the pump, gas prices have increased this week for motorists in some Great Lakes and Central States (Ohio, +6 cents).  Conversely, gas prices are as much as eight cents cheaper for other states in the region.  Overall, demand has declined and supply has increased on the week.  The differences in prices highlights the volatility that the Great Lakes and Central region often experiences.

This week’s average prices: Northeast Ohio Average: $2.137
Average price during the week of December 3, 2018: $2.164
Average price during the week of December 11, 2017: $2.339

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

$1.990        Alliance
$2.161        Ashland
$2.120        Ashtabula
$2.299        Aurora
$2.191        Chesterland
$2.136        Cleveland
$2.083        Elyria
$2.146        Independence
$2.127        Lorain
$2.185        Lyndhurst
$2.078        Massillon
$2.132        Mentor
$2.031        New Philadelphia
$2.056        Niles
$2.264        Norwalk
$2.228        Oberlin
$2.085        Parma
$2.065        Ravenna
$2.248        Solon
$2.169        Willard
$2.085        Youngstown

On the National Front 
Today’s national gas price average of $2.42 is the lowest pump price of the year, a price point not seen since mid-December last year.  The average sits at four cents cheaper than last week, 28-cents cheaper than last month and four cents less than last year.  The last time the national average was cheaper on the week, month and year was during July 2017.

With crude oil prices trending cheaper, motorists can expect the national gas price average to continue to drop.  However, pump prices this cheap may not last into 2019.  On Friday, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) announced that the cartel and non-OPEC members, including Russia, will reduce production by 1.2 million b/d for the first six months of the year.  While the decision will help to reduce the high level of global crude supply, the move has the potential to increase oil and gas prices.  At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, West Texas Intermediate increased $1.12 to settle at $52.61.  Oil prices rallied at the end of last week after OPEC’s announcement.

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

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