Average gas prices in Texas rise 7.3 cents in last week; analyst talks about what comes next

Published 6:41 am Monday, May 6, 2024

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Motorists have seen the national average fade slightly again as oil prices have cooled and spring peak appears to be more confidently behind the county.

According to Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy, while refinery utilization rates last week indicated there is some refinery maintenance work to be done, oil prices have helped put downward pressure on gasoline prices, with oil falling below $80 per barrel last week.

“In addition, a weaker than expected jobs report is adding to some concerns that gasoline demand could remain weak through the summer driving season, which is just a few weeks from beginning,” De Haan said.

“With the seasonal factors behind us, looking ahead, we expect gasoline prices to continue cooling alongside diesel prices as we look forward to Memorial Day weekend.”

Average gasoline prices in Texas have risen 7.3 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.27/g today, according to GasBuddy’s survey of 13,114 stations in Texas.

Prices in Texas are 5.7 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand 25.3 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.

The national average price of diesel has dropped 3.4 cents in the last week and stands at $3.94 per gallon.

According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in Texas was priced at $2.15/g Sunday while the most expensive was $4.90/g, a difference of $2.75/g.

The national average price of gasoline has fallen 1 cent per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.62/g today.

The national average is up 2.7 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands 11.1 cents per gallon higher than a year ago, according to GasBuddy data compiled from more than 11 million weekly price reports covering over 150,000 gas stations across the country.

Neighboring areas and their current gas prices:

Midland Odessa – $3.21/g, up 0.4 cents per gallon from last week’s $3.21/g.
San Antonio – $3.28/g, up 9.5 cents per gallon from last week’s $3.19/g.
Austin – $3.29/g, up 12.3 cents per gallon from last week’s $3.17/g.

Historical gasoline prices in Texas and the national average going back ten years:

May 6, 2023: $3.01/g (U.S. Average: $3.50/g)
May 6, 2022: $3.94/g (U.S. Average: $4.29/g)
May 6, 2021: $2.66/g (U.S. Average: $2.95/g)
May 6, 2020: $1.50/g (U.S. Average: $1.80/g)
May 6, 2019: $2.59/g (U.S. Average: $2.89/g)
May 6, 2018: $2.57/g (U.S. Average: $2.80/g)
May 6, 2017: $2.18/g (U.S. Average: $2.34/g)
May 6, 2016: $2.00/g (U.S. Average: $2.22/g)
May 6, 2015: $2.41/g (U.S. Average: $2.64/g)
May 6, 2014: $3.44/g (U.S. Average: $3.67/g)