Western Pennsylvania gas prices dipped for the sixth straight week to about $3.62 a gallon, according to AAA East Central's Fuel Gauge report. This represents a six cent drop over last week.
AAA East Central surveys more than 513 Western Pennsylvania gas stations on a weekly basis. It says the cheapest unleaded regular gas was $3.45 in Erie and the most expensive was $3.73 in Beaver.
This week's Western PA average price: $3.615
Average price during the week of Aug. 5, 2014: $3.676
Average price during the week of Aug. 13, 2013: $3.586
The average price for regular unleaded gas across Pennsylvania was $3.55.
The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline has continued its downward trend despite high-profile conflicts in overseas oil producing countries and declining domestic refinery production. Today's price is $3.47 per gallon, which is about two cents less than one week ago,15 cents less than one month ago and seven cents less than the same date last year.
The falling national average is largely mirrored at the state level, where drivers in all but a handful of states are paying less at the pump over the last few weeks. Consumers in Hawaii ($4.32), Alaska ($4.10) and California ($3.91) continue to pay the highest prices per gallon.
Western Pennsylvania Area Prices
The following is a list of the average price of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas:
$3.575, Du Bois
$3.527, New Castle
$3.677, New Kensington