RALEIGH — Average retail gasoline prices in Raleigh have fallen 4.9 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.16/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 472 gas outlets in Raleigh. This compares with the national average that has fallen 5.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.05/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
Including the change in gas prices in Raleigh during the past week, prices yesterday were 113.9 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 29.4 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 39.4 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 124.2 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.
“The light at the end of the tunnel is dimming as gasoline prices have nearly caught up with the drop in crude oil prices,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy. “Last week saw a rally in oil prices Wednesday, before caving again Thursday, then rallying again Friday— a sign that perhaps we’ve seen a bottom in oil prices, and perhaps thus a bottom in gasoline prices as well.”
“We’ll certainly be watching the price of oil during this shortened trading week, and if oil fails to continue declining, it’s likely that it won’t get much better at the pump. And while that may sound negative, it certainly has been a great ride for motorists: the national average stands some $1.24/gal lower than a year ago, and just one in 20 stations has a price over $2.50/gal, while last year saw 100 percent of stations over that level. The bright spot remains, however, for diesel consumers. Diesel prices have eclipsed the decline in gasoline prices, with prices averaging a drop twice that of gasoline in the last week. Diesel now sells for an average of $2.89/gal and will fall another 10-25c/gal in the next few weeks,” DeHaan noted.
Some quick gasoline price statistics as of Monday:
•Missouri has the lowest state average in the country; at $1.75 today, it is one of 26 states averaging under $2/gal.
•There is only one state averaging above $3/gal today: Hawaii ($3.324).
•In the lower 48 states, California has the highest average at $2.498, followed by New York at $2.494.
•Every state has a lower average today than the same day last year. Michigan, at $1.911 today, has seen the biggest drop from the same day last year, down $1.40 from its January 19, 2014 average.
•Only two states have averages less than $1 lower than last year: Alaska (86cts lower) and Hawaii (71 cts lower).
•There are only three states that don’t have a single station reporting a price under $2.00/gal: Vermont (lowest station reporting at $2.09), Alaska (lowest station reporting at $2.53) and Hawaii (lowest station reporting at $2.86).
•Of the 48 states (including Washington DC) with at least one station reporting a price under $2.00/gal, 42 of them have over 15 stations reporting under that threshold.
•22 states don’t have a single station above $3.00/gal: AZ, ID, IN, IA, KS, MA, MI, MS, MO, MT, NE, NM, ND, OK, OR, RI, SC, SD, VT, VA, WV, WY