Northeast Ohio Gas Prices Drop Below Two-Dollars

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Gas prices in Northeast Ohio are nearly 11 cents cheaper this week at $1.906 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

During the past 10 days, gas prices have dropped by at least a dime in four Great Lakes and Central states (Ohio, -14 cents).  The Buckeye State’s average is now $1.93 – one of the lowest in the country. 

As gas prices decline, gasoline inventories in the Midwest region jumped for the fifth straight week, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA).  Total stocks for the week ending on December 21 total 53 million barrels, the highest level of stocks for the region since early September.

This week’s average prices: Northeast Ohio Average: $1.906
Average price during the week of December 27, 2018: $2.014
Average price during the week of January 2, 2018: $2.432

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

$1.848        Alliance
$1.904        Ashland
$1.852        Ashtabula
$1.886        Aurora
$1.993        Chesterland
$1.931        Cleveland
$1.901        Elyria
$1.897        Independence
$1.870        Lorain
$1.929        Lyndhurst
$1.815        Massillon
$1.949        Mentor
$1.873        New Philadelphia
$1.815        Niles
$2.020        Norwalk
$1.956        Oberlin
$1.883        Parma
$1.853        Ravenna
$1.931        Solon
$1.995        Willard
$1.927        Youngstown

On the National Front 
At $2.25, the national gas average is the cheapest it’s been at the beginning of the New Year in the past three years.  Moreover, gasoline is below $2/gallon in nine states.  29 state gas price averages are at or below the national average of $2.25 with Missouri touting the cheapest at $1.83.  Hawaii ($3.34) carries the most expensive average.

The end of 2018 drove West Texas Intermediate crude oil prices to as low as $44/bbl, which is a steep $31 drop from the high of $77/bbl seen during June.  Oil prices mostly fell last week, as market observers continue to believe that the global crude market is over-supplied.  With OPEC production cuts slated to take effect this week, analysts will closely be watching the price of oil.  Significant movement toward higher market prices would mean cheaper gas prices could be in the rearview mirror.  However, AAA expects to see minimal volatility at the start of the cartel’s production cuts.

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

AAA East Central is a not-for-profit association with 80 local offices in Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia serving 2.7 million members.  News releases are available at news.eastcentral.aaa.com.  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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Jim Garrity, Public & Community Relations Manager
Desk: 412-365-7274 / Cell: 412-905-9021 / Email: Garrity.James@aaaec.com

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