Western Pennsylvania Gas Prices Increase Slightly; Inventory Tightens Nationwide

Pennsylvania, Gas Prices
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The average price of gasoline across Western Pennsylvania is a penny more expensive this week at $2.809 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. 

The Mid-Atlantic and Northeast region saw moderate fluctuations on the week (Pennsylvania, +1 cent).  For a second week, the region was the only to see gas stocks build.  Moreover, the region is the only one in the country to have a year-over-year surplus of gasoline, sitting at 8.2 million higher than last year.  With this week’s build of 572,000 barrels, total stocks sit at 64.5 million according to Energy Information Administration (EIA) data.

This week’s average prices: Western Pennsylvania Average: $2.809
Average price during the week of March 25, 2019: $2.791
Average price during the week of April 2, 2018: $2.880

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

$2.791      Altoona
$2.779      Beaver
$2.858      Bradford
$2.776      Brookville
$2.761      Butler
$2.859      Clarion
$2.804      Du Bois
$2.834      Erie
$2.755      Greensburg
$2.857      Indiana
$2.850      Jeannette
$2.868      Kittanning
$2.768      Latrobe
$2.852      Meadville
$2.900      Mercer
$2.743      New Castle
$2.792      New Kensington
$2.801      Pittsburgh
$2.779      Sharon
$2.768      Uniontown
$2.861      Warren
$2.750      Washington

On the National Front 
Today’s national gas price average is $2.69, which is a 44-cent increase since New Year’s Day.  Today’s average is seven-cents more expensive than last week, 27-cents more than last month, and four cents more expensive than last year.  Gasoline stocks have been steadily decreasing since early February, and motorists have been seeing spikes at the pump that could continue in the weeks ahead.  On the week, 26 states saw gas prices increase a nickel or more with states in the West Coast, Great Lakes and Central region seeing the largest jumps.

At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, West Texas Intermediate increased 84 cents to settle at $60.14 – the highest closing price seen this year.  Oil prices increased last week as the market expects further tightening in global supply as a result of OPEC’s 1.2 million b/d production cut, and the U.S. imposing sanctions on Iranian and Venezuelan crude exports.  Moving into this week, prices will likely continue their ascent, with the combined effect of the tightening in the global crude oil market overshadowing concerns that the global economy is slowing, which could decrease global crude demand during the second half of 2019.

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

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Jim Garrity, Public and Legislative Affairs Manager
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