The statewide gas price average in Texas is $2.85 for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to the AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch. That price is one cent more than from this day last week and is 99 cents more per gallon compared to this day last year. Of the major metropolitan areas surveyed in Texas, drivers in El Paso are paying the most on average at $3.18 per gallon while drivers in Laredo, McAllen and Victoria are paying the least at $2.75 per gallon. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $3.19, which is the same price when compared to this day last week and $1.02 more than the price per gallon at this same time last year.
According to the latest data from the Energy Information Administration for the week ending August 6, the U.S. gasoline demand number fell week-to-week but remains elevated from this time last year. Weekly regional fuel supply numbers increased slightly, and Gulf Coast refinery utilization registered the same from the week prior. These factors have likely helped keep prices at the pump stable in many areas from last week.
“Demand for retail gasoline remains robust and the statewide gas price average continues to increase,” said AAA Texas spokesperson Daniel Armbruster. “Drivers may start seeing some relief at the pump after Labor Day when demand for fuel typically decreases.”
Drivers in Texas are paying the 4th lowest gas price average in the country, according to gasprices.aaa.com.