Gas price update

Average retail gasoline prices in Florida have fallen 1.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.04/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 8,237 gas outlets in Florida. This compares with the national average that has fallen 0.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.12/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.

Including the change in gas prices in Florida during the past week, prices yesterday were 40.3 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 15.9 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 12.1 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 47.8 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.

According to GasBuddy historical data, gasoline prices on August 8 in Florida have ranged widely over the last five years: $2.44/g in 2015, $3.37/g in 2014, $3.54/g in 2013, $3.60/g in 2012 and $3.66/g in 2011.

“Government EIA data last week showed a sizable draw on gasoline inventory followed by a strong jobs report, with new jobs for July reaching 255,000.  And consequently, WTI crude oil ended the week nearly $3 higher than where it began,” said Gregg Laskoski, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.

“While that may create a brief pause early this week in the decline of retail gasoline, we expect that the prevailing price trend (incremental decline) will resume shortly, barring any additional refinery problems in the midwest, or, potential Atlantic hurricane activity.”