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Northeast Ohio Gas Prices Drop as Neighboring States Fluctuate

Ohio, Gas Prices
Gas pumps by Natalie Maynor
Photo by Natalie Maynor  

Gas prices in Northeast Ohio dropped by a penny this week to $2.275 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. 

Despite a nearly 800,000 barrel build in gasoline, low inventory levels are driving gas prices up in the Great Lakes and Central States.  As we’ve seen for most of the year, the region remains volatile.  On the week, gas prices increased in a total of seven states, decreased in three states and remained flat in three states.

Three states in the region land on this week’s top states with the biggest increases, including Ohio (+6 cents).  Just last week, the same three states saw comparable declines at the pump (Ohio, -7 cents).

This week’s average prices: Northeast Ohio Average: $2.275
Average price during the week of August 7, 2017:  $2.286
Average price during the week of August 15, 2016: $2.085

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

$2.349        Alliance
$2.381        Ashland
$2.218        Ashtabula
$2.299        Aurora
$2.291        Chesterland
$2.241        Cleveland
$2.202        Elyria
$2.193        Independence
$2.216        Lorain
$2.304        Lyndhurst
$2.304        Massillon
$2.216        Mentor
$2.286        New Philadelphia
$2.223        Niles
$2.350        Norwalk
$2.396        Oberlin
$2.211        Parma
$2.298        Ravenna
$2.278        Solon
$2.287        Willard
$2.226        Youngstown

On the National Front
Today’s national average price for regular unleaded gasoline is $2.35 per gallon, which is flat on the week, nine cents more than one month ago, and 22 cents more than last year.  Compared to seven days ago, gas prices are more expensive in 27 states, cheaper in 12 states and flat in 12 states.  The West Coast, Rockies and Midwest regions are seeing the bulk of the increases at the pump.

After closing on the NYMEX at $48.82 per barrel on Friday, West Texas Intermediate started moving downward Monday morning amid concerns from investors that U.S. production will continue to add to the global crude glut.  According to Baker Hughes, Inc., three oil rigs were added to the U.S. count last week, totaling 768, which is 372 rigs more than last year’s count at this time.  Even with declining crude inventories giving the market greater confidence, the growing rig count remains a concern as it indicates that oil companies are still investing heavily in U.S. production.

Additionally, last week, the EIA published a report that pointed to a revised record gasoline demand for the week that ended on July 28.  The demand figure for the week ending on August 4th noted a small pullback, but overall the last four weeks of gasoline demand have been on par with that of a year ago.  If seasonal demand remains strong, drivers will potentially see prices continue to climb across the country.

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