The month of America’s independence got off to an across-the-nation drop in gas prices, helping many people save anywhere from a few pennies to several dollars on a tank of gas, depending upon where they live. The decline in gas prices varied widely by region again this week, according to the EIA weekly survey, but for the first time in several weeks, drivers in every region enjoyed a drop in the cost of fuel.
The average price of a gallon of gas fell by just over eight-cents during the week, with prices in the midwest continuing to plummet as the region continues to recover from dramatic weather and refinery issues suffered during May. The average cost of gallon of unleaded fell by 15-cents across the Midwest during the past week. In all, Midwest gas prices have fallen nearly 50-cents per gallon during the past three weeks.
For most of the rest of America’s drivers, the price declines were far more modest, with the average driver outside of the Midwest seeing declines of anywhere from three to seven cents per gallon. As of July 1, the average U.S. cost of a gallon of regular unleaded was down to about $3.50; with prices in California and on the West Coast averaging $3.89 and $3.70, respectively. The lowest prices for fuel are to be found along the Gulf Coast, where a gallon of gas is about $3.31.
For the truckers moving products, and in some cases gasoline, across the United States, the price of diesel dropped during the past week, as well. Price declines were seen in every region of the U.S., but compared to gas, the drop in diesel prices was very slim. Diesel prices per gallon fell by only about two cents per gallon, to a national average of about $3.82.