PITTSBURGH — After dropping by nine cents last week, gas prices in Western Pennsylvania are six cents cheaper this week at $2.461 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.
The New Year is off to a good start at the pump in every Mid-Atlantic and Northeast state compared to the beginning of 2018. Compared to this time last year, Pennsylvania’s state average is 26 cents cheaper at $2.49. On the week, gasoline inventory levels held flat at 60 million barrels — as did regional refinery utilization (83 percent).
The average price of unleaded self-serve gasoline in Bradford is $2.564; in Brookville, $2.532; in DuBois, $2.385; in Erie, $2.454; and in Warren. $2.653.
At $2.25, the national gas average is the cheapest it’s been at the beginning of the New Year in the past three years. Moreover, gasoline is below $2/gallon in nine states. Twenty-nine state gas price averages are at or below the national average of $2.25 with Missouri touting the cheapest at $1.83. Hawaii ($3.34) carries the most expensive average.