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Weekly Gasoline Price Update: Largest Weekly Drop Since January

July 27, 2015

by Jill Mislinski

It's time again for our weekly gasoline update based on data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA). The price of Regular and Premium dropped six and five cents respectively from last week - the largest weekly drop since January 19. According to GasBuddy.com, California has the highest average price for Regular at $3.83 with Los Angeles averaging $4.15. South Carolina has the cheapest at $2.31.

How far are we from the interim high prices of 2011 and the all-time highs of 2008? Here's a visual answer.

Weekly Gas Prices Since 2000

The next chart is a monthly chart overlay of West Texas Light Crude, Brent Crude and unleaded gasoline end-of-day spot prices (GASO).

WTIC BRENT GASO

WTIC closed today at 47.39 a barrel, down 2.85 from last week and at its lowest price since late March, but off its 42.43 interim closing low on March 17th..

WTIC

The volatility in crude oil and gasoline prices has been clearly reflected in recent years in both the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE). For additional perspective on how energy prices are factored into the CPI, see What Inflation Means to You: Inside the Consumer Price Index.

Consumer Price Index

The chart below offers a comparison of the broader aggregate category of energy inflation since 2000, based on categories within Consumer Price Index (commentary here).

CPI Components

Here are some additional commentaries related to gasoline prices: