Drivers in central Washington are enjoying a drop in gas prices this week. Officials at GasBuddy say average gasoline prices are down 8.0 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $4.52 per gallong Monday.
Prices are 40.6 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 68.0 cents per gallon higher than a year ago. The national average price of gasoline has fallen 2.6 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.76 per gallon today
The national average price of diesel has risen 2.3 cents in the last week and stands at $5.34 per gallon.

The cheapest gas in the state is right here in the valley

According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in the state was in Wapato priced at $3.90 per gallon on Sunday. The most expensive was $5.09 per gallon.
"After rising the week prior, the national average has changed directions again, posting a modest weekly decline with prices dropping in a majority of states. The decline has been partly driven by Great Lakes states, where prices fell by 15-25 cents per gallon due to an improvement in the refining situation, and also oil prices, which fell back under $90 per barrel last week," said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. "With oil prices remaining volatile, the outlook is murky, but I'm hopeful in the lead up to Thanksgiving we'll see prices declining in more states, while others may not be quite as lucky. Regardless, we'll still be seeing the most expensive Thanksgiving Day prices on record."

Remember when you weren't paying as much for gas?

Historical gasoline prices in Yakima and the national average going back ten years:
November 14, 2021: $3.84/g (U.S. Average: $3.40/g)
November 14, 2020: $2.62/g (U.S. Average: $2.13/g)
November 14, 2019: $3.29/g (U.S. Average: $2.62/g)
November 14, 2018: $3.30/g (U.S. Average: $2.67/g)
November 14, 2017: $2.96/g (U.S. Average: $2.57/g)
November 14, 2016: $2.66/g (U.S. Average: $2.15/g)
November 14, 2015: $2.43/g (U.S. Average: $2.17/g)
November 14, 2014: $3.06/g (U.S. Average: $2.90/g)
November 14, 2013: $3.28/g (U.S. Average: $3.18/g)
November 14, 2012: $3.59/g (U.S. Average: $3.44/g)

Neighboring areas and their current gas prices:
Tacoma- $4.70/g, up 2.2 cents per gallon from last week's $4.68/g.
Seattle- $4.92/g, down 2.4 cents per gallon from last week's $4.95/g.
Washington- $4.71/g, down 2.8 cents per gallon from last week's $4.74/g.

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