Weekly Gasoline Prices: WTIC Up 8.4%

As of Jan. 17, the price of Regular and Premium were up a penny each from the previous week. According to GasBuddy.com, California has the highest average price for Regular at $4.64 and Texas has the cheapest at $2.91. The WTIC end-of-day (Jan. 18) spot price closed at 84.83 and is up 8.4% from last week.

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 84.83, up 8.4% from last week.

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.

CPI Components

Here are some additional commentaries related to gasoline prices:

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