The streak of falling gas prices continued for a 10th straight week despite some areas seeing prices rise slightly last week, an industry analyst said.
The average price also continued to fall in Pennsylvania, where some counties are now within a few cents of $4, according to AAA.
The national average is about $3.90 per gallon, down about 6 cents from last week and 51 cents from a month ago, according to AAA. Pennsylvania’s average is about $4.22, down about 7 cents from last week and about 39 cents from a month ago.
“The pace of declines is certainly slowing down as oil prices have bounced up slightly, but the West Coast and Northeastern U.S. are areas that still may see gas prices decline, while the South and Midwest see the drop fade and potentially slight increases,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at price-tracking service GasBuddy.
Across Pennsylvania, prices range from a low of about $4.04 in Perry and Wyoming counties up to about $4.38 in Potter County, according to AAA.
County averages in the Pittsburgh area as reported by AAA:
• Allegheny: $4.20 • Armstrong: $4.27 • Beaver: $4.26 • Butler: $4.26 • Washington: $4.22 • Westmoreland: $4.18
The average in the Pittsburgh area is $4.19, according to GasBuddy’s survey of 731 stations. That’s 46 cents per gallon less than a month ago, and about 88 cents higher than a year ago.
Prices in the Pittsburgh area range from $3.64 up to $5.09, a difference of $1.45 per gallon.
Neighboring areas and their current average prices, according to GasBuddy:
• Akron: $3.58, up 18.9 cents from last week. • Cleveland: $3.65, up 3.6 cents from last week. • West Virginia: $3.86, down 9.9 cents from last week.
In addition to falling gasoline prices, the average price of diesel declined 6.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $4.97. It’s the first time diesel has been below $5 per gallon since March, which De Haan said is “likely helping to cool off aggressive inflation numbers.”
“Thus far, Mother Nature has spared us from disruptions from hurricanes, but that remains a wildcard as we head into the peak of hurricane season,” De Haan said.