Okay, Missouri’s prices dropped also, but not as much.
In their Mon., July 25 weekly release of gas prices across the country, the American Automobile Association noted lackluster demand for gas and lower oil prices led to pump prices falling again, down 17 cents from the week before to $4.35.
Kansas lead the country with a $.29 per gallon decrease in gas prices. Missouri came in 4th with a $.23 per gallon decrease.
The price of gas has now fallen every day since hitting a record $5.01 on June 14.
The steady decline is due to low domestic demand for gasoline and oil prices that remain in the mid-$90s per barrel.
“Consumers appear to be taking the pressure off their wallets by fueling up less,” said Andrew Gross, AAA spokesperson. “And there’s reason to be cautiously optimistic that pump prices will continue to fall, particularly if the global price for oil does not spike. But the overall situation remains very volatile.”
Stuck in Reverse?
According to new data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gas demand rose from 8.06 million barrels per day (b/d) to 8.52 million b/d last week. However, that rate is 800,000 b/d lower than last year and is in line with demand during the middle of July 2020, when COVID-19 restrictions curbed demand.
Additionally, total domestic gasoline stocks increased by 3.5 million barrels (bbl) to 228.4 million bbl, signaling that low demand led to growth in inventory last week. If gas demand remains low as stocks increase, alongside a continuing reduction in crude prices, drivers will likely continue to see pump prices decline.
Today’s national average of $4.35 is 63 cents less than a month ago and $1.20 more than a year ago.