Back from the long Labor Day weekend drivers in Yakima continue to see lower gas prices. In fact prices in Yakima are down 2.0 cents per gallon in the last week averaging $4.43 a gallon today according to GasBuddy's survey of 91 stations in the valley.

Prices are cheaper than a month ago but higher than a year ago

Prices in Yakima are 26.2 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and 65.2 cents per gallon higher than a year ago. GasBuddy says if you're pumping diesel the national price of diesel is down 2.0 cents in the last week and is selling for $5.02 per gallon. Looking for the cheapest gas in the valley? You can find it in Wapato at $3.90 per gallon.

Even the national price of gas is down today

GasBuddy officials say the national average price of gasoline is down 7.7 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.75 per gallon today.
The national price of gas is down 29.5 cents per gallon from a month ago and is selling for 57.6 cents per gallon higher than a year ago.

More falling gas prices as we enter fall

"The national average has declined for 12 straight weeks, the longest tally since 2018, and it could soon eclipse that mark if we see two more weeks of decline. Though, that may be more challenging given OPEC's decision yesterday to cut oil production," says Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. "For now, price movements will be contingent on where you are, with California seeing some minor increases, while the Great Lakes could see an upward move as BP's refinery outage has had an impact on supplies. In the Gulf and Rockies, prices may continue to fall, so a very mixed bag for motorists in the week ahead. In addition, there are several disturbances in the Atlantic to keep an eye on, but we do switch back to cheaper winter gasoline in just over a week which should provide some additional relief."

Some memories of cheaper gas prices

Historical gasoline prices in Yakima and the national average going back ten years:
September 6, 2021: $3.78/g (U.S. Average: $3.17/g)
September 6, 2020: $2.74/g (U.S. Average: $2.20/g)
September 6, 2019: $3.09/g (U.S. Average: $2.56/g)
September 6, 2018: $3.34/g (U.S. Average: $2.85/g)
September 6, 2017: $3.00/g (U.S. Average: $2.67/g)
September 6, 2016: $2.61/g (U.S. Average: $2.19/g)
September 6, 2015: $2.84/g (U.S. Average: $2.40/g)
September 6, 2014: $3.82/g (U.S. Average: $3.44/g)
September 6, 2013: $3.68/g (U.S. Average: $3.57/g)
September 6, 2012: $3.98/g (U.S. Average: $3.82/g)

Neighboring areas and their current gas prices:
Tacoma- $4.51/g, down 9.1 cents per gallon from last week's $4.60/g.
Seattle- $4.86/g, down 5.0 cents per gallon from last week's $4.91/g.
Washington- $4.63/g, down 6.3 cents per gallon from last week's $4.70/g.

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