Weekly Gasoline Price Update: Regular and Premium Down Again, WTIC Rebounds
August 31, 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 went up by thirteen and eleven cents respectively. WTIC rebounded from last week to $48.54. According to GasBuddy.com, Alaska has the highest average price for Regular at $3.36 and Los Angeles is averaging $3.55. South Carolina has the cheapest at $2.00.
How far are we from the interim high prices of 2011 and the all-time highs of 2008? Here's a visual answer.
The next chart is a monthly chart overlay of West Texas Light Crude, Brent Crude and unleaded gasoline end-of-day spot prices (GASO).
In this monthly chart, WTIC closed today at 48.54 a barrel, up 10.30 from last week.
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.
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).
Here are some additional commentaries related to gasoline prices: