South Central Ohio Gas Plunge; Supply Keeps Pace with Demand Nationwide

Ohio, Gas Prices
NationalComparison_6-10-19

The average price of gasoline across South Central Ohio is 16 cents cheaper this week at $2.587 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. 

The Great Lakes and Central region is home to the top five states in the country with the largest declines at the pump this week: Ohio (-21 cents), Indiana (-17 cents), Michigan (-15 cents), Illinois (-11 cents), and Kentucky (-10 cents). 

A build in gasoline inventory is bringing prices downward.  According to Energy Information Administration (EIA) data, the region saw inventory build by 300,000 barrels to total 48.1 million.  However, that is still below the five-year average of 50.8 million.  Moreover, refinery utilization slid slightly to 83%, and is the lowest utilization rate for the week ending May 31 among all five regions in the country.  Despite the deficit in stocks and low refinery utilization rate, gas prices are expected to remain stable, though some states may see large swings this summer due to the typical volatility in the region.

This week's average prices: South Central Ohio Average:                   $2.587
Average price during the week of June 3, 2019                                      $2.749
Average price during the week of June 11, 2018                                    $2.816

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

$2.694       Athens
$2.629       Chillicothe
$2.439       Columbiana
$2.557       East Liverpool
$2.780       Gallipolis
$2.670       Hillsboro
$2.406       Ironton
$2.627       Jackson
$2.537       Logan
$2.482       Marietta
$2.566       Portsmouth
$2.521       Steubenville
$2.657       Washington Court House
$2.655       Waverly

On the National Front
Nearly every state’s gas price average is cheaper than a week ago, a month ago and a year ago. Today’s national average is $2.74, which is seven-cents cheaper than last week, 13-cents less than a month ago and 18 cents cheaper than a year ago.  Refinery utilization in the United States is at its highest level since early January, resulting in overall gasoline stocks at healthy levels to meet robust summer demand.  This, combined with cheaper crude oil, is bringing prices down nationwide.

At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, West Texas Intermediate increased by $1.40 to settle at $53.99.  Crude prices increased on Friday after Saudi Arabia's Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih announced that OPEC and its partners are close to an agreement to extend their current 1.2-million b/d production reduction pact through the end of 2019.  The cartel is expected to formally announce its decision at its upcoming meeting in Vienna on June 25 and 26.

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