N.Y. and U.S. gas prices rise, bucking seasonal trend
KINGSTON, N.Y. » The average retail gasoline price in New York state rose 1.4 cents per gallon last week, reaching $2.69 on Sunday.
In the Kingston-Ulster area, most gas stations were selling 87-octane unleaded for $2.53 to $2.55 per gallon Monday afternoon, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
“If you use gas prices to figure out the time of year it is, you’d probably think it’s spring based on the continued upward trend showing up in much of the country,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. “Absent is the beloved fall at the pump that we’re used to that accompanies the fall weather, but apparently this year is playing a trick on motorists. The cheapest price this year was in July while the most expensive showed up after the driving season concluded, as Harvey hit, and we may get closer to that mark as gasoline inventories continue to drift to new multiyear lows.
“It’s been a lousy time for motorists, and I’d expect to see some cut their spending during the holidays as gas prices are up,” DeHaan added.
New York’s average gas price Sunday was 0.6 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and a substantial 31.8 cents higher than a year ago.
The national average on Sunday was $2.55 per gallon, up 1.5 cents from a week earlier, 8.6 cents higher than a month ago and 39.8 cents higher than a year ago.
According to GasBuddy historical data, gasoline prices on Nov. 13 in New York state have ranged widely over the last five years: $2.37 per gallon in 2016, $2.35 in 2015, $3.26 in 2014, $3.50 in 2013 and $3.99 in 2012.