Gas prices in West Central Kentucky dropped more than nine cents this week to $2.419 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.
Gas prices in eight Great Lakes and Central states land on the top 10 list of states with the biggest changes including Kentucky (-9 cents). Gas prices are, at a minimum, a nickel cheaper in every state in the region on the week.
The region saw a small draw of 856,000 barrels on the week, tightening gasoline stocks to a new low for the year. The last time the region saw stocks register at the 46 million barrel mark was during October 2017, according to Energy Information Administration (EIA) data. As refineries wrap-up maintenance season it is likely stocks will increase and drive prices potentially even cheaper amid declining demand.
This week’s average prices: Western Central KY Average $2.419
Average price during the week of November 5, 2018 $2.513
Average price during the week of November 13, 2017 $2.404
Average prices of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas:
$2.367 Bowling Green
On the National Front
State gas price averages are as much as 12-cents to a nickel cheaper a gallon on the week in more than two-thirds of the country. As demand drops and the end of refinery maintenance season wraps-up, the national gas price average is $2.70. That price is six cents less than last Monday, 21-cents less than last month and just 14-cents more than last year. In fact, the year-over-year price differential has not been this small since early January.
Today, 41 percent of gas stations nationwide are selling unleaded gasoline for $2.50 or less. In comparison, the majority of gas stations were selling gas for $2.51 or more at the start of summer during the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, West Texas Intermediate decreased 48 cents to settle at $60.19. Oil prices drifted lower this week, following the release of EIA’s report that total domestic oil inventories grew by 5.8 million barrels last week. They now sit at 431.8 million barrels, which is 25.3 million barrels less than inventories last year at this time. Crude inventories have grown for seven consecutive weeks because of reduced refinery runs while the nation settles into the lower demand fall driving season. A new all-time high estimate in domestic crude production since EIA began publishing the data – 11.6 million b/d – also contributed to last week’s build in crude inventories. Moving into this week, crude prices may drop further if supply concerns remain reduced due to continued growth in inventories.
Motorists can find current gas prices nationwide, statewide, and countywide at GasPrices.AAA.com.