Like the Leaves, Gas Prices Fall

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The national average price of a gallon of regular gas as of Oct. 19 was $3.56, 32 cents lower than its 2023 peak a month ago.

Despite global tensions causing ripples through the oil market, the national average for a gallon of gas maintained its autumnal dip, falling eight cents since Oct. 12 to $3.56 as of Oct. 19. Pump prices have lost 32 cents since their 2023 peak of $3.88 a month ago. This means drivers are saving about $5 every time they fuel up.

“While gas prices are falling about a penny a day, that feels like a glacial pace,” said Andrew Gross, AAA spokesperson. “The oil market is watching to see if the war between Israel and Hamas widens, so the price is stuck at a rather elevated price in the mid-$80s per barrel. This, in turn, is slowing the decline in gas prices.”

According to new data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gas demand increased from 8.58 to 8.94 million b/d over the same week. On the other hand, total domestic gasoline stocks decreased by 2.4 million bbl to 223.3 million bbl. Although higher demand and tightening supply typically increase pump prices, flat oil prices have had the opposite effect. If oil prices remain steady or fall, drivers can expect further price drops at the pump in the weeks ahead.

The Oct. 19 national average of $3.56 is 32 cents less than a month ago and 29 cents less than a year ago.

Since Oct. 12, these 10 states have seen the largest decreases in their averages: California (-18 cents), Arizona (-16 cents), Alaska (-14 cents), Florida (-12 cents), Washington (-12 cents), Nevada (-12 cents), Oregon (-11 cents), Utah (-11 cents), Minnesota (-11 cents) and Texas (-11 cents).

The nation’s top 10 least expensive markets: Georgia ($3.03), Texas ($3.03), Mississippi ($3.04), Alabama ($3.09), Louisiana ($3.10), Delaware ($3.10), South Carolina ($3.10), Tennessee ($3.11), Arkansas ($3.15) and Kentucky ($3.18).

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