AAA Mid-Atlantic: Gas Prices Show Slight Weekly Increase

The Week

Gas prices across the Delaware Valley increased this week as gasoline supplies, crude oil supplies and demand for gasoline all dipped. The drop in gas and oil supplies could send prices higher while the drop in demand could keep that increase from being as high as it could be. Even though prices are increasing, Philadelphia drivers are paying 52 cents less than one year ago, South Jersey drivers are paying 59 cents less and Delaware drivers are paying 40 cents less.

Today’s national gas price average is $2.20, up a penny in the last week, up 10 cents in the last month and down 59 cents from this time last year.

CURRENT AND PAST GAS PRICE AVERAGES
Regular Unleaded Gasoline (*indicates record high) 

 

7/17/20

 

Week Ago

 

Year Ago

 

National

 

$2.20

 

$2.19

 

$2.79

 

Pennsylvania

 

$2.43

 

$2.44

 

$2.93

 

Philadelphia
(5-county)

 

$2.42

 

$2.40

 

$2.94

 

South Jersey

 

$2.18

 

$2.14

 

$2.77

 

Delaware

 

$2.21

 

$2.17

 

$2.61

 

Crude Oil

 

$40.59
per barrel
(Fri. 7/17/20 close)

 

$40.55
per barrel
(Fri. 7/10/20 close)

 

$55.63
per barrel
(7/19/19)

 

 At the close of NYMEX trading Friday, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil settled at $40.59 per barrel, four cents higher than last Friday’s close. Prices hovered between $40 and $42 this week, ending at a more than four-month high Wednesday ($41.20). Domestic crude prices fell after the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) weekly report revealed that total domestic crude inventories decreased. Decreasing crude stocks could mean that crude production is beginning to meet demand and could reduce price volatility, as coronavirus outbreaks continue to grow worldwide.

The Weekend

Data shows gasoline demand and supply continue on a roller coaster ride,” says Jana L. Tidwell, manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “As motorists react to unfolding COVID-19 information, we are seeing driving behaviors related to filling-up ebb and flow.” 

The Week Ahead

According to new data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), total domestic gasoline supplies decreased last week.  As supplies tighten, prices could continue to rise, depending on demand. Last week, demand for gasoline fell slightly, following the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

AAA has a variety of resources to help motorists save on fuel:

AAA is the most comprehensive resource for gas prices. Unlike the Lundberg Survey of 7,000 gas stations, AAA reports reflect actual prices from credit card transactions at more than 100,000 gas stations in the U.S. 

Next Weekend Gas Watch: Friday, July 24, 2020

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