Florida has gas prices under the national average, and Osceola County has them under the state average, even as more people leave their homes and head out of their driveways in their cars.
Even as we’re filling up more, Osceola County is paying just under $1.99 per gallon according to a AAA report. The Florida average is just under $2.02 per gallon, and the national average is now $2.10 per gallon, which is the cheapest it’s been in at least three years.
Since mid-May, gasoline demand has increased 18 percent, according to the latest Energy Information Administration (EIA) report. The slow, but steady rise in demand has pushed the national pump price more expensive by 13 percent in the same time frame. This time last month the national average was $1.86, but it was $2.69 this time last year.
“As Americans drive more, they are re-fueling gasoline demand levels, which is helping to lift pump prices, said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. “Higher demand will contribute to increasing gas prices in the coming weeks, but they aren’t going to spike to typical summer prices. That’s because demand won’t be sufficient enough to drive down stocks levels. Gasoline stocks sit at a significant surplus year-over-year.”
Today, only one-third of state averages are $1.99 per gallon or less and the majority of those are states in the South and Southeast.