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West Central KY Motorists Paying Highest Memorial Day Gas Prices in Four Years

Kentucky, Gas Prices
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West Central Kentucky prices are up by two cents to $2.790 per gallon this week according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.       

As gas prices continue to increase across the country, two Great Lakes and Central states have averages of $3 or more: Illinois ($3.04) and Michigan ($3.00). Statewide, Kentucky’s gas average ($2.865) is seven cents higher than last week and 59 cents higher ($2.273) than this time last year.

Gasoline inventories have been declining week-over-week for two months. However, with the latest draw (1.6 million barrel), gasoline inventories measure at 54 million barrel, which is about one million more than this time last year.

This week’s average prices: Western Central KY Average:  $2.790
Average price during the week of May 14, 2018:  $2.769
Average price during the week of May 22, 2017: $2.229

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

$2.769        Bowling Green
$2.705        Elizabethtown
$3.010        Louisville
$2.761        Owensboro
$2.707        Paducah

On the National Front

Gas prices jumped 12 cents over the past 14 days, and six-cents since last Monday, landing the national average at $2.93 – the highest price point going into the Memorial Day weekend since 2014.

Today, 14 states tout an average of $3.00 or more.

At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, West Texas Intermediate fell 21 cents to settle at $71.28. Oil prices edged higher last week following the release of Energy Information Administration’s (EIA’s) weekly petroleum report that showed total crude inventories dropped by 1.4 million barrel. If this week’s EIA report shows another inventory draw, we can expect crude prices to continue climbing.

Additionally, at 2.57 million barrels per day, crude exports last week saw the highest rate ever recorded by EIA. The new record rate was 690,000 barrels per day more than the previous week and 1.48 million barrels per day more than this time last year.

Although the U.S. did not add any active oil rigs last week, according to Baker Hughes, Inc., the current total – 844 – is 124 more rigs than this time last year. 

Motorists can find current gas prices nationwide, statewide, and countywide at

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