Gas Prices Now Below $3 in 14 States

Sixty Straight Days of Decline Boost Holiday Shopping Season
New Jersey gas station
Gas prices at this New Jersey Sunoco station were headed toward $3 a gallon on Nov. 9. (Larry Hughes/Tribune Content Agency)

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Gasoline prices have fallen for 60 consecutive days — the longest streak of declines in more than a year — letting American drivers pass on savings at the pump to consumer retailers during the U.S. economy’s all-important holiday season.

A gallon of gasoline now costs $3.25 on average in the U.S., more than 60 cents below the year’s peak in mid-September and about 30 cents cheaper than this time last year, according to data from AAA. In 14 states, average prices are now less than $3 a gallon. GasBuddy, meanwhile, puts the count at 17 states as of the afternoon of Nov. 27.

Cheaper pump prices are welcome news for President Joe Biden, whose re-election campaign is touting “Bidenomics” as the answer for inflation-plagued consumers. The gasoline reprieve may also give retail stores a boost during the critical year-end shopping season by padding pockets with a little more cash. U.S. consumers, whose consumption spending makes up around two-thirds of the U.S. economy, spent a record $9.8 billion online during Black Friday.

Gasoline prices are expected to continue falling following lower prices for crude oil, the biggest component in pump costs.

gas price decline chart

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