The statewide gas price average in Missouri is $1.88 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to AAA Gas Prices, which released the information early Thursday morning.
That price is 3 cents more than last Thursday and is 50 cents less per gallon compared to that day last year.
Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in Missouri, drivers in Kansas City are paying the most on average at $1.95 while drivers in Joplin are paying the least at $1.79 per gallon.
The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.17, which is 6 cents more compared to this day last week and 50 cents less than the price per gallon at this same time last year.
Kansas City drivers may be paying the most on average in the state to fuel up at $1.95/gallon, but they are one of two major metropolitan areas surveyed to see prices dip -0.01 in the last week. St. Joseph motorists are paying 2 cents less on average while three areas remain flat week-to-week. The slower growth rate in the price of gasoline can be tied to demand.
“As people continue to be cautious to travel, demand levels in Missouri will fluctuate.” Nick Chabarria, AAA spokesperson said. “Prices at the pump will continue to increase but at a slower rate than what we saw immediately after stay-at-orders were lifted.”
This week, Missouri has the fifth-lowest gas price average of any state in the nation. The Energy Information Administration reports regional gasoline stocks dropped week over week by 3.5% to 52.6 million bbl. That remains above amounts from this time last year at 49.3 million bbl.
Prices up to date at press time using market prices posted at 3:41 a.m. Thursday, June 25. Motorists can find current gas prices along their route with the free and revamped AAA App for iPhone, iPad and Android.
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