While the average price per gallon of gas went down three cents nationally, the Gainesville area saw a slight uptick of three cents.
According to Thursday’s AAA report, Florida’s statewide average went up five cents to $3.32 and the Gainesville area increased to $3.34 over last week.
The cost of oil, which is in the mid-$80s per barrel, is keeping prices from falling despite a slackening demand.
“The oil market is very sensitive to global events, and fears of a widening war in the Middle East is keeping oil prices elevated for now,” said Andrew Gross, AAA spokesperson, in the press release. “Domestically, drivers will likely see pump prices keep up this slow slide toward the holidays.”
New data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows gas demand decreased from 8.94 to 8.86 million barrels per day (b/d) last week. Domestically, total gasoline stocks increased slightly to 223.5 barrels of crude oil (bbl).
Today’s national average of $3.53 is 30 cents less than last month’s $3.83 and 23 cents less than last year’s $3.76.
Florida has the 18th least expensive price per gallon nationally. Last month, gas was $3.57 per gallon and last year it was $3.33 statewide.
In the Gainesville area, last month’s price was $3.60 per gallon and last year it was $3.41.
According to gasbuddy.com, here are the lowest prices to fill up in Alachua County:
- $3.09 at Pilot, 17276 US 301, Waldo
- $3.19 at Circle K, 16070 Marin Luther King Blvd., Alachua
- $3.19 at Chevron, 830 NW 1st St., High Springs
- $3.19 at Circle K, 15089 NW US 441, Alachua
- $3.19 at The Short Stop, 2610 NE 39th Ave., Gainesville
- $3.21 at Sam’s Club, 4001 SW 30th Pl, Gainesville
- $3.21 at Pure, 405 NE 1st St., High Springs
- $3.22 at Sunoco, 610 NE 1st Ave., High Springs
Since last Thursday, these 10 states have seen the largest decreases in their averages: California (−17 cents), Arizona (−15 cents), Alaska (−11 cents), Washington (−10 cents), Nevada (−9 cents), Utah (−8 cents), Oregon (−8 cents), Michigan (−7 cents), Wyoming (−6 cents) and Ohio (−6 cents).
The nation’s top 10 least expensive markets: Georgia ($2.99), Mississippi ($3.00), Texas ($3.02), Louisiana ($3.07), Alabama ($3.07), South Carolina ($3.10), Arkansas ($3.11), Tennessee ($3.14), Kentucky ($3.19) and Delaware ($3.20).