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AAA: West Central Kentucky gas prices jump amid regional volatility



 Gas prices in West Central Kentucky are 12 cents more expensive this week at $2.332, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. This is the first increase in the region in six weeks.

 In the Great Lakes and Central region, Michigan ($2.45) and Missouri ($2.19) are the only states with gas price averages more expensive on the week, month and year. All other states have cheaper month-over-month prices and saw varying fluctuation in the last week.

 On the week, Missouri (+10 cents), Illinois (+8 cents), Kentucky (+8 cents) and Nebraska (+6 cents) have the largest weekly increases in the region and rank among the biggest 10 jumps in the country.

 The increase in regional gas prices in the last seven days comes as a surprise, given that stocks increased by 421,000 barrels to 59.1 million – the highest stock level in a year – and refinery utilization held steady at 91%. However, volatility is typical for the region and most states only saw jumps of just a few pennies in the last week.

 This week’s average prices: Western Central KY Average $2.332

 Average price during the week of February 18, 2020 $2.216

 Average price during the week of February 25, 2019 $2.242

 Average prices of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas:

 $2.341 Bowling Green.

 $2.159 Elizabethtown.

 $2.465 Louisville.

 $2.344 Owensboro.

 $2.350 Paducah.

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