(Gillette, Wyo.) Gasoline prices are at the highest they’ve been in nine months, and for the first time since October 2017, Wyoming drivers are paying more than the national average.
The average gasoline price in Wyoming is sitting at about $2.91 per gallon, according to Gasbuddy, a crowdsourcing site for gasoline prices around the country. The national average is $2.86 per gallon, based on 10 million price reports from 135,000 stations.
Last October, gas prices were a penny or two higher than the national average, at about $2.47 per gallon. In November, the national average climbed to several cents over that of Wyoming’s average gasoline price. Through December, prices were at or below the national average.
By January, the national average was again well above the state average until about mid-June when the national average fell below that of the state average.
The increase in gas prices, which is a national trend, is largely attributed to high demand draining away oil inventories.
According to Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for Gasbuddy, unless OPEC or other producing countries increase their oil output, prices are likely to continue to rise in the coming weeks.
The lowest average state prices were seen in Alabama and South Carolina, both at $2.53 per gallon. The highest were seen in Hawaii, at $3.72 per gallon, and California, at $3.65 per gallon.