MANATEE — Motorists preparing for a Labor Day road trip will likely see the cheapest gas prices for the holiday since 2010. Oil and gasoline prices slipped again in the past week and that decline is likely to continue into the holiday weekend.
"Record high oil production is keeping downward pressure on gas prices," said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA - The Auto Club Group. "The bottom fell out again on oil prices last week, which should lead to another week of discounts at the pump despite rising demand, as 29.7 million Americans plan to take a road trip for Labor Day weekend."
The price for a barrel of WTI oil settled at $93.65 on Friday -- $3.70 cheaper than the week before, and the cheapest settlement since January. Refineries are producing the most petroleum for this time of year since 1989, primarily due to the shale boom, which has boosted u.s. oil production 64 percent the past five years.
The cheapest gas prices listed by the Bay News 9 gas tracker in Manatee County, include: $3.15 per gallon at Chevron, 6724 Manatee Ave. W.; Citgo, 575 66th St. Court E.; Thorntons, 4850 State Road 64 E.; RaceTrac, 6319 S.R. 64 E.; Circle K, 6410 S.R. E.; and Thorntons, 4858 S.R. 64 E.
The most expensive gas in Manatee County is $3.65 per gallon at Mobil, 430 Gulf Of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
The current national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $3.44, 15 cents cheaper than the average price on Labor Day 2013. The average prices in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee are cheaper than last year's Labor Day by 22 cents, 21 cents, and 18 cents, respectively.