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West Central Kentucky Gas Prices Increase, Defying a Statewide Decrease

Kentucky, Gas Prices
Filling up Insight by Celeste Lindell
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West Central Kentucky gas prices are up again, this time by four cents over the week averaging at $2.406 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

Motorists in five Great Lakes and Central states are among the minority in the country seeing pump price decreases on the week, Kentucky (-5 cents).  All other states in the region are paying one to five cents more at the pump for a gallon of regular gasoline compared to last Monday.

While a few states in the region are welcoming cheaper gas prices this week, there are no cost savings at the pump compared to this time last year - gas prices in Kentucky are 24 cents more expensive on average over the year.

Gasoline inventory built in the region for the fourth week in a row, albeit it just adding 300,000 barrels.  At 53 million barrels, inventories are in line with this time last year, according to the latest Energy Information Administration (EIA) report.

This week’s average prices: Western Central KY Average:  $2.406
Average price during the week of January 16, 2018: $2.366
Average price during the week of January 23, 2017:  $2.156

Average prices of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas: 

$2.351        Bowling Green
$2.392        Elizabethtown
$2.496        Louisville
$2.380        Owensboro
$2.410        Paducah

On the National Front
Today’s national gas price average is $2.54, which is only one cent more than last week.  The EIA reports that while gasoline demand modestly decreased, inventory increased by 3.6 million barrels.  Combined, these two factors resulted in minimal impact on the national average this week.  On the week, gas prices increased in 41 states with Florida seeing the largest jump at the pump with a nine-cent increase.

At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, West Texas Intermediate dropped 58 cents to settle at $63.37.  Oil prices slid after EIA’s latest petroleum report underscored that domestic crude production in the U.S. continues to grow.  On the week, U.S. production increased by 258,000 b/d to 9.750 million b/d. 

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