While the steady drop in gas prices slowed this week throughout the state and nation, AAA reported Thursday, Denton drivers saw prices jump by double digits.
The statewide average price for a gallon of regular unleaded dropped 2 cents on the week to $2.35 — 26 cents less per gallon than during this time last year. At the same time, the U.S. average price dipped 4 cents to $2.60 — 23 cents less per gallon than in 2018.
Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in Texas, drivers in Odessa are paying the most on average at $2.58, while drivers in McAllen are paying the least at $2.14 per gallon.
But closer to home, prices spiked across the Dallas-Fort Worth region, with the average price per gallon jumping 4 cents per gallon in Dallas to $2.34, while Fort Worth-Arlington saw a 5-cent bump, to $2.35 a gallon.
In Denton, GasBuddy.com on Thursday listed the lowest available price as $2.19 a gallon, found at the Shell station of Dallas Drive and Teasley Lane. That price is 13 cents higher than the lowest-available price last week.
Recent declines in crude oil prices are contributing to lower gasoline prices elsewhere, at least for now. Demand for retail gasoline remains strong, slowing the rate at which pump prices are falling, AAA reported. According to the Energy Information Administration, demand was recorded at a surprising all-time high, but it is expected to drop in the coming weeks as summer comes to an unofficial end, AAA noted.
Motorists in the region are enjoying savings at the pump compared with last year at this time. Ten South and Southeast states have gas price averages that are a quarter or more less expensive: Louisiana (-37 cents), Florida (-35 cents), Mississippi (-31 cents), Oklahoma (-30 cents), Arkansas (-28 cents), South Carolina (-27 cents), Alabama (-27 cents), New Mexico (-27 cents), Texas (-26 cents) and Georgia (-26 cents).