West Virginia Gas Prices Down; Nation Kicks Off Summer Driving Season Paying Less at the Pump

West Virginia, Gas Prices
Ntnl Comparison 5-28-19

At the unofficial kick-off to the summer driving season, the average price of gasoline across Northern West Virginia is three cents cheaper this week at $2.727 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. 

Gas prices continue to trend cheaper across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states, with all averages now under $3/gallon (West Virginia, $2.73).  The Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest data shows the region saw a significant build in gasoline stocks – 3.8 million barrels – to total 63.7 million.  The much-needed increase helped cut the year-over-year deficit in half, now at 1.6 million barrels less than this time last year.  With the nation seeing increased demand, inventory will need to continue to build to keep gas prices decreasing and/or stable.

This week’s average prices: Northern WV Average                     $2.727
Average price during the week of May 20, 2019                           $2.755
Average price during the week of May 28, 2018                           $2.908

The following is a list of the average prices in several West Virginia locations:

$2.869      Bridgeport
$2.712      Clarksburg
$2.633      Huntington
$2.796      Martinsburg
$2.718      Morgantown
$2.583      Parkersburg
$2.765      Weirton
$2.739      Wheeling

On the National Front
For the 37.6 million Americans who hit the road this past Memorial Day weekend, the vast majority found savings at the pump compared to last year’s holiday.  Today, 42 states and Washington, D.C. have gas price averages that are less expensive year-over-year, with Floridians (-31 cents) seeing the largest yearly change.  Motorists in West Coast states are the exception, paying nearly double-digits more than last May to fill up.

Gas prices have declined, on average, by at least a nickel for most the country since the beginning of May, and the trend could continue into June.  Stable crude oil prices are helping to push prices down at the pump despite tight domestic gasoline supply and robust demand.  Today’s national average is $2.82, which is cheaper than last week by two cents, last month by six cents and last year by 16 cents.

At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, West Texas Intermediate increased by 72 cents to settle at $58.63.  Overall, crude prices saw a loss last week, following release of EIA’s weekly petroleum status report that showed total domestic crude inventories rose by 4.8 million barrels.  At 476.8 million, the current level is the highest since July 2017.

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