Western Pennsylvania Gas Prices Drop as National Trend Continues Downward

Pennsylvania, Gas Prices
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Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania are nearly nine cents cheaper this week at $2.525 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. 

Statewide, gasoline is about five cents cheaper in Pennsylvania at $2.54.  Nonetheless, the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region remains one of the most expensive regions in the country this week.

This week’s average prices: Western Pennsylvania Average: $2.525
Average price during the week of December 17, 2018: $2.610
Average price during the week of December 26, 2017: $2.741

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

$2.474      Altoona
$2.596      Beaver
$2.586      Bradford
$2.577      Brookville
$2.454      Butler
$2.492      Clarion
$2.409      Du Bois
$2.495      Erie
$2.517      Greensburg
$2.577      Indiana
$2.590      Jeannette
$2.595      Kittanning
$2.480      Latrobe
$2.488      Meadville
$2.512      Mercer
$2.331      New Castle
$2.618      New Kensington
$2.603      Pittsburgh
$2.426      Sharon
$2.525      Uniontown
$2.688      Warren
$2.523      Washington

On the National Front 
Nearly 20 percent of states are currently enjoying prices below $2.00 per gallon.  Nationally, retail averages have dropped ­­­83 of the past 90 days.  The national average for regular unleaded gasoline currently sits at $2.30 per gallon, which is six cents less than one week ago, 24 cents less than one month ago and 16 cents less than at the same time last year.

Heading into 2019, gasoline demand is expected to dwindle during the month of January, an expected change following the busy holiday travel season.  At the same time, OPEC will begin production cuts on January 1, with hopes that the shift in global supply will push oil prices higher.  The effectiveness of the cuts will not likely be known until later in the first quarter.

At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, West Texas Intermediate decreased 29 cents to settle at $45.59.  Oil prices mostly fell last week, reaching their lowest since the third quarter of 2017, as market observers have concerns that the global crude market is oversupplied.

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

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