Gas prices in West Central Kentucky are nearly six cents higher at $2.713 per gallon this week, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.
Gas prices are volatile on the week in the Great Lakes and Central region, ranging from seven cents cheaper to six cents more expensive. A handful of states’ gas price averages remain stable on the week. Four states from these regions land on this week’s largest gas price changes list. Statewide, Kentucky gas prices are three cents higher over the week.
Gasoline inventories built for a fourth week in the region. Adding nearly 440,000 barrels, total inventories sit at 53.7 million. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), levels are similar to this time last year.
This week’s average prices: Western Central KY Average $2.713
Average price during the week of July 2, 2018 $2.656
Average price during the week of July 10, 2017 $2.184
Average prices of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas:
$2.715 Bowling Green
On the National Front
The national gas price average is $2.87, which is a penny more expensive on the week. Pump prices in nearly 30 states are seeing a jump of as much as eight cents, a dozen states saw prices drop and another dozen states’ gas price averages remain stable from last Monday. Demand for gasoline this summer remains very strong week-over-week, driving gas prices higher in some areas alongside rising crude prices.
At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, West Texas Intermediate increased 86 cents to settle at $73.80. Crude prices trended lower last week following EIA’s report that showed U.S. crude oil inventories increased by a total of 1.3 million barrels. It was the first time in three weeks that the U.S. has seen a build in inventories, which typically sees drawdowns throughout the summer. At 417.9 million barrels, crude inventories in the U.S. are 85 million lower than they were at this time last year.
The surprise build in total crude stocks gave market observers pause amid a slew of other factors influencing the oil market, including increasing geopolitical factors – in Iran, Libya, and Venezuela – potentially destabilizing global supply. Moving into this week, market observers will watch these factors to determine their impact on supply. If it appears that supply could be reduced amid high global crude demand, oil prices may increase.
Motorists can find current gas prices nationwide, statewide, and countywide at GasPrices.AAA.com.