AAA: Western Pennsylvania Gas Prices Slide 4 Cents
April 30, 2013 3:52 PM

Western Pennsylvania motorists can enjoy a slight reprieve at the pumps this week, as gas prices fell 4 cents to $3.52 per gallon.

On the National Front

Today’s national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $3.51. This price is 1 cent less expensive than one week ago, 13 cents less than one month ago and 31 cents less than one year ago.

Motorists in the vast majority of states have seen the price of gasoline continue to fall during the last week; however drivers in nine states, including parts of the Midwest, actually saw prices increase during this period. Gas stations in much of the country must make the retail switch to selling summer-blend gasoline by June 1, however refineries make the shift to summer blend in March and April in order to meet a May 1 production deadline. During this switch regional production is reduced and supplied markets are more sensitive to unexpected disruptions, as was the case during the recent storms in the Midwest.

While retail gas prices have continued to fall nationally, crude oil prices have reversed their recent slide and jumped higher in the last week. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil began last week at $88.76 per barrel but rose sharply to end the week at $93. This increase continued today as a weaker dollar kept upward pressure on oil prices. Oil futures are traded in U.S. dollars and as the dollar weakens against foreign currencies, these futures become relatively less expensive to purchase and are a more attractive investment. At the close of Monday’s formal trading on the NYMEX, WTI settled up $1.50 cents at $94.50 per barrel.

This week’s Western PA average price:

$ 3.517

Average price during the week of April 23, 2013:

$ 3.560

Average price during the week of May 1, 2012:

$ 3.845

The following is a list of the average price of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas:           

$ 3.491  Altoona

$ 3.578  Beaver

$ 3.549  Bradford 

$ 3.378 Brookville

$ 3.516 Butler

$ 3.495 Clarion 

$ 3.371 Du Bois

$ 3.487 Erie

$ 3.565 Greensburg

$ 3.497 Indiana 

$ 3.569 Jeanette 

$ 3.516 Kittanning

$ 3.508 Latrobe 

$ 3.496 Meadville 

$ 3.586 Mercer 

$ 3.489 New Castle 

$ 3.538 New Kensington 

$ 3.575 Pittsburgh 

$ 3.542 Sharon 

$ 3.487 Uniontown 

$ 3.554 Warren 

$ 3.590 Washington 

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