What a Difference a Year Makes for Gas Prices


The start of summer is nearly here, and drivers are finding prices far lower than last year. Lackluster demand and low oil costs are keeping gas prices relatively stable. The national average for a gallon of gas rose two cents in a week to $3.58 as of June 15, but that’s $1.43 less than a year ago.

“We may be in a bit of a demand lull heading into the July Fourth holiday,” said Andrew Gross, AAA spokesperson. “Drivers are benefitting financially, with 20 gallons of gas costing nearly $30 less than last year. And with the cost for oil low, drivers will find pump prices that are flat or drifting slightly lower for now.”

According to new data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gas demand decreased slightly from 9.22 to 9.19 million b/d over the same week. Meanwhile, total domestic gasoline stocks increased by 2.1 million bbl to 220.9 million bbl. Lower gas demand amid increasing supply has helped to limit pump price increases. If demand remains tepid, pump prices will likely fluctuate moderately through the coming week.

The June 15 national average of $3.58 is five cents more than a month ago but $1.43 less than a year ago.

Since June 8, these 10 states have seen the largest changes in their averages: Oregon (+16 cents), Florida (+14 cents), Arizona (+14 cents), Illinois (+12 cents), Washington (+11 cents), Colorado (+8 cents), Kentucky (+7 cents), Alaska (+7 cents), Wisconsin (+6 cents) and Alabama (+5 cents).

The nation’s top 10 most expensive markets: California ($4.88), Washington ($4.85), Hawaii ($4.73), Oregon ($4.49), Nevada ($4.27), Arizona ($4.21), Utah ($4.09), Illinois ($4.04), Alaska ($4.04) and Idaho ($3.97).

Source: AAA

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