Massachusetts Gas Prices Down 4 Cents This Week

Frederick Owens
October 17, 2017

According to fuel price tracking website GasBuddy, the average price in the US as of Monday, Oct. 16 is $2.45 per gallon of unleaded gas. According to GasBuddy historical data, gasoline prices on October 16 in Sacramento have ranged widely over the last five years: $2.63/g in 2016, $2.67/g in 2015, $3.44/g in 2014, $3.68/g in 2013 and $4.46/g in 2012.

At U.S. pumps, states with the top ten price movements in the last week: MI (+15 cents), OH (+12 cents), in (+10 cents), Georgia (-7 cents), Tennessee (-6 cents), Texas (-6 cents), SC (-6 cents), Florida (-6 cents), New Jersey (-5 cents) and Virginia (-5 cents). The Great Lakes, which saw a large uptick, will likely lead the nation this week with declines.

AAA officials say the gas prices continue to rebound after a heavy hit with higher prices following Hurricane Harvey that pounded the Gulf Coast in August and Hurricane Irma slammed Florida in September causing a spike in prices.

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AAA reports that while the national average dropped two cents to $2.47 on Monday, most eastern states, including Florida, were the largest beneficiaries, with almost every state in the Southeast dropping by a nickel or more. According to Jenkins, prices are still about 10 cents higher than expected because of residual effects from recent hurricanes.

And motorists can expect another drop soon. Price volatility has been felt across the country, beyond states directly impacted by the storms. "So, the supply and demand impacted more than just Florida".

Including the change, prices in Las Vegas on Sunday were 20.2 cents per gallon higher than the same day previous year and it was 7.1 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. Florida's most expensive gas is in Miami and West Palm Beach, while the cheapest fuel can be found in the Tampa Bay and Orlando areas.

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