Gas prices in Rochester drop for the first time in weeks ahead of the Thanksgiving trip

ROCHESTER, NY – The average gasoline price in Rochester fell to $3.80 a gallon ahead of Thanksgiving week. Prices last week fell 2 cents after climbing for three straight weeks.

Rochester has been on a downward trend in gasoline prices since mid-June, after prices hit an all-time high of $4.99 a gallon. However, during the last week of October, prices increased by 9 cents. Prices in November rose 3 cents for two consecutive weeks before falling this week.

The New York State average for gas saw a similar trend. After a months-long downward trend followed by a rise in November, prices this week fell 5 cents to an average of $3.85 a gallon.

AAA said prices are falling ahead of Thanksgiving as New Yorkers are expected to travel in record numbers. Gas supply increased as refineries resumed production after being shut down for maintenance

Rochester gas prices may be lower than the state average, but they still rank high for the most expensive gas in upstate New York. The only cities to top Rochester this week were Watertown at $3.91 a gallon and Rome at $3.89 a gallon. Ithaca was tied with Rochester, while Buffalo and Syracuse were several hundred lower.

Gasoline prices in Rochester topped the national average for the fourth straight week. For much of September and October, Rochester prices were cheaper than the national average. In November, the tide turned when gasoline prices in Rochester began to rise, while the national average began to fall.

Even though the local and national average fell this week, Rochester couldn’t keep up with the massive drop in the national average of 11 cents.

The cheapest gas in Rochester was $3.41 a gallon on Sunday while the most expensive was 68 cents more, a GasBuddy survey found. You can find the cheapest local stations via a link to GasBuddy.

In November, the state and Monroe County gasoline tax relief entered its fifth month. The tax relief aims to save consumers a total of $0.28 per gallon at the pump — $0.16 at the county level and $0.12 at the state level — since June 1.

The gas tax relief will end Dec. 31, but an Albany-area assemblyman is calling for the tax relief to be extended for another six months.

Gas prices have soared over the past year due to the rapid recovery from the pandemic which has raised demand so high that supply could not keep up. European restrictions on the import of Russian oil have also pushed up global oil prices, affecting the United States even though the United States imports very little Russian oil.

Prices in Rochester are still $0.27 higher than this time last year. The state average is still $0.28 higher and the national average is $0.25 higher.

You can explore gas price trends on the AAA website.

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