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AAA Weekly Fuel Gauge: Gas Prices Creep Higher as Global Oil Supplies Remain Tight

Gas Prices Creep Higher as Global Oil Supplies Remain Tight

Despite typical low seasonal demand for gasoline, pump prices are clawing their way higher. The national average for a gallon of gas is $3.33, two cents more than a week ago. The culprit is the rising price for oil, which is now bobbing around $85 per barrel, nearly $20 more than in November. Last week, both OPEC and U.S. energy officials said the COVID-19 omicron variant is no longer expected to slow the continued recovery of petroleum demand in 2022. Despite this, OPEC and its allies are maintaining their planned modest production increases and will not dramatically ramp up output. The result will be a continued tight supply of oil.

“Since dipping to $3.28 in the first week of January, the national average for a gallon of gas has slowly started to rise again,” said Molly Hart, spokesperson for AAA – The Auto Club Group. “And as long as the price oil remains elevated, consumers will be feeling it at the pump.” 

According to new data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), total domestic gasoline stocks rose by 5.9 million bbl to 246.6 million bbl last week. Meanwhile, gasoline demand rose slightly from 7.91 million b/d to 8.22 million b/d. The slight increase still puts gas demand in the average range for the winter driving season. Typically, pump prices drop due to low gas demand and a rise in supply, but a steady increase in the price of crude oil has prevented this from happening. As oil prices continue to climb, pump prices will likely follow suit.

Today’s national average of $3.33 is five cents more than a month ago and 94 cents more than a year ago.

 

 

Monday

Sunday

Week Ago

Month Ago

One Year Ago

National

$3.331

$3.329

$3.310

$3.289

$2.399

Chicago Metro

$3.558

$3.562

$3.528

$3.484

$2.611

Chicago City

$3.787

$3.786

$3.784

$3.817

$2.784

Bloomington

$3.361

$3.372

$3.368

$3.213

$2.485

Champaign

$3.411

$3.410

$3.397

$3.278

$2.448

Peoria

$3.426

$3.429

$3.427

$3.412

$2.535

Rockford

$3.408

$3.412

$3.356

$3.259

$2.493

Springfield

$3.402

$3.401

$3.404

$3.302

$2.398

Fort Wayne, IN

$3.053

$3.053

$3.132

$2.920

$2.289

South Bend, IN

$3.095

$3.102

$3.133

$2.954

$2.278

Click here to view current gasoline price averages

 

 

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