The average price of gasoline across South Central Ohio is a penny cheaper this week at $2.745 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.
In most Great Lakes and Central states, motorists saw prices decrease on the week. Ohio (+4 cents) and Indiana (+1 cent) were two of only five states in the region and country to see gas prices increase on the week.
For a second week, gasoline inventories decreased by nearly one million barrels. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) also reports regional refinery utilization declined from 99% to 95%. While pump prices pushed cheaper on the week, the lower stocks and utilization levels could yield some price fluctuation in the week ahead.
This week’s average prices: South Central Ohio Average: $2.745
Average price during the week of July 29, 2019 $2.754
Average price during the week of August 6, 2018 $2.785
The average price of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas:
$2.675 East Liverpool
$2.868 Washington Court House
On the National Front
Today’s national average price for gas is $2.71, which is two cents cheaper than last week, four cents cheaper than last month, and fifteen cents cheaper than this time last year. Prices are cheaper as demand dipped slightly, even though overall demand remains robust. Decreasing prices have become the norm over the past few weeks in America, and barring any outlying factors, this trend may continue throughout the month.
At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, West Texas Intermediate increased by $1.71 to settle at $55.66. Crude prices mostly decreased last week after President Trump announced new tariffs on imports from China, furthering a trade war between the world’s two largest economies and oil consumers. Market observers are concerned that increasing tariff costs will likely reduce global demand for crude oil. If the trade tensions between the countries continue to increase this week, crude prices will likely decline further.
Motorists can find current gas prices nationwide, statewide, and countywide at GasPrices.AAA.com.
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