Weekly Gasoline Prices: Up 49% YTD

As of December 6, the price of Regular and Premium were down four and three cents, respectively, from the previous week and are up 49% YTD. According to GasBuddy.com, California has the highest average price for Regular at $4.68 and Oklahoma has the cheapest at $2.87. The WTIC end-of-day spot price closed at 69.49, down 0.7% from last week and up 46% from the beginning of the year.

President Biden has announced plans to release gasoline reserves to mitigate rising oil prices.

How far are we from the interim high prices of 2011 and the all-time highs of 2008? Here's a visual answer.

Weekly Gas Prices Since 2000

The next chart is a monthly chart overlay of West Texas Light Crude, Brent Crude, and unleaded gasoline end-of-day spot prices (GASO).


In this monthly chart, the WTIC end-of-day spot price closed at 69.95, down 8.9% from last week and up 47% from the beginning of the year.

The volatility in crude oil and gasoline prices has been clearly reflected in recent years in both the Consumer Price Index (CPI) and Personal Consumption Expenditures (PCE). For additional perspective on how energy prices are factored into the CPI, see What Inflation Means to You: Inside the Consumer Price Index.

Consumer Price Index

The chart below offers a comparison of the broader aggregate category of energy inflation since 2000, based on categories within the Consumer Price Index (commentary here).

CPI Components

How did you like this article? Let us know so we can better customize your reading experience.


Leave a comment to automatically be entered into our contest to win a free Echo Show.