West Virginia gas prices have dropped 11 cents this week to $3.35 per gallon, and have dropped 25 cents over the past month.
The national average is $3.25, the lowest price of the year. Prices have been driven lower by a number of factors, including the switch to winter-blend fuel, which is less expensive to produce; increasing gasoline inventories; cheaper crude oil prices; lower demand; and economic concerns, according to AAA.
Crude oil prices have increased slightly over the last week, but they continue to trade lower than the same period in 2011 and have kept downward pressure on retail prices at the pump. At Monday's close of formal trading, the price of West Texas Intermediate settled at $87.55 per barrel, up 47 cents on the week and $1.99 from last Monday.
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This week's average prices:
West Virginia average price, $3.350
Average price during the week of Dec. 11, $3.461.
Average price during the week of Dec. 20, 2011, $3.290.
National average price, $3.236.
The following is a list of the average price of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas:
Weirton, $3.365; and
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