Pump Prices Go on Cruise Control

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Oregon does not depend on the Gulf Coast for its gasoline, meaning Hurricane Harvey isn't impacting prices at the gas pump. (Photo: Pixabay)

Demand for gasoline in the U.S. is at the highest level of the year so far but pump prices are fairly flat.

For the week, the national average for regular unleaded adds a penny to $2.37 a gallon, while Oregon’s average holds at $2.73, says AAA Oregon/Idaho Public Affairs Director Marie Dodds.

Oregon is one of 11 states where gas prices held steady or went down in the last week. The largest weekly decrease is in Ohio (-7 cents) and the largest weekly increase is in Utah (+6 cents).

Oregon is one of 37 states where prices are lower now than a month ago. The largest monthly decrease is in Florida (-12 cents) and the largest increase is in California (+10 cents). The national average is two cents less and the Oregon average is three cents less than a month ago.

The West Coast continues to have the most expensive pump prices in the nation. For the second week in a row, California tops the list with Hawaii in second. Both states are the only two with averages at or above $3 a gallon. Alaska, Washington, Nevada and Oregon round out the top six. Oregon is sixth most expensive after 12 weeks at fifth.