Fueled by a steady decline in gasoline demand, the national gas price average fell one cent this week to land at $2.56. Half of all states saw pump prices drop two-cents. It continues the slow but steady decline the country has experienced over the past several weeks. Today’s average is 11-cents less than a month ago and 28-cents cheaper than a year ago.
“Gasoline demand in early September generally declines alongside stock levels as refineries prepare for the switchover to winter-blend gasoline and undergo maintenance,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “These typical trends mean savings for motorists, leading the way for potentially some of the cheapest gas prices at the end of the year.”
Locally, New Jersey (-4 cents), Rhode Island (-4 cents), Massachusetts (-3 cents), and Connecticut (-3 cents) were all among the top 10 states in largest weekly changes in gas prices. Compared to a year ago, pump prices in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states are 22 to 55 cents cheaper. The yearly gas price gap is likely only to widen more. with all states in the region seeing gas prices decrease or remain stable on the week.
National average: $2.56
Local state averages:
CT: $2.71 MA: $2.60 NH: $2.49 NJ: $2.57 NY: $2.74 RI: $2.54
This week in history: Sept. 15, 1997
National gas price average in 1997: $1.23
Cost to fill a tank (1997/2019):
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