Western PA Gas Prices Higher as Crude Oil Prices Continue to Climb

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Gas prices in Western Pennsylvania are one cent higher this week at $3.251 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

This week’s average prices: Western Pennsylvania Average $3.251
Average price during the week of June 7, 2021 $3.240
Average price during the week of June 15, 2020 $2.354

The average price of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas:

$3.155 Altoona
$3.256 Beaver
$3.257 Bradford
$3.255 Brookville
$3.257 Butler
$3.269 Clarion
$3.245 DuBois
$3.253 Erie
$3.254 Greensburg
$3.257 Indiana
$3.254 Jeannette
$3.253 Kittanning
$3.257 Latrobe
$3.243 Meadville
$3.267 Mercer
$3.228 New Castle
$3.265 New Kensington
$3.259 Oil City
$3.252 Pittsburgh
$3.255 Sharon
$3.272 Uniontown
$3.259 Warren
$3.244 Washington

Trend Analysis:

At $71 per barrel, crude oil has increased to its highest price since October 2018 and is now $23 per barrel more expensive than it was this past January. Crude prices have steadily climbed this year along with optimism for the COVID-19 vaccine and the promising impact it will have for global gasoline demand. Additionally, crude prices were bolstered by the latest Energy Information Administration (EIA) report revealing that total domestic crude supplies decreased by 5.2 million barrels to 474 million barrels last week. For this week, crude prices could continue to rise if EIA’s report shows another inventory decline.

Motorists are paying, on average, 37% more to fill up than the start of the year. Prices for the rest of the month are likely to push more expensive, but if crude production increases as forecasted, there is the possibility of seeing some relief at the pump later this summer.

Today’s national gas price average is $3.08, which is three cents more on the week, a nickel more on the month and 98 cents more on the year. The latest increases at the pump are attributed to the steady climb in crude prices, especially as gasoline demand decreased (−670,000 barrels per day) and gasoline supply increased (+7 million barrels), according to the latest EIA data.

Motorists can find current gas prices nationwide, statewide, and countywide at GasPrices.AAA.com.