LUBBOCK, Texas – On average, American drivers will have to work 22% longer than at the start of the year to buy one gallon of regular unleaded fuel, according to a news release from AAA Texas.
Working with OPIS, AAA identified the median income for each county in the country broken down to an income by minute assuming a 40-hour workweek. The average gasoline price today was compared to the income per minute finding that counties in the Southeast have been hit the hardest. Some workers are working an additional 4 minutes when compared to January in order to buy a gallon of gasoline.
Texas drivers were paying below two dollars per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline when 2019 started.
The latest AAA Texas Weekend Gas Watch update indicated the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded fuel has held steady the last two weeks.
“While Texas gas prices are holding steady week-to-week, the slight relief is only expected to be short-lived,” said Daniel Armbruster, AAA Texas/AAA New Mexico spokesperson. “Retail gas prices in Texas are nearly 70 cents more per gallon compared to the beginning of 2019.”
On Saturday, AAA reported a statewide average in Texas at $2.61 for a gallon regular unleaded gasoline.
The national average price was reported at $2.90.
Drivers in the Midland area continue to pay the highest prices in Texas. The lowest prices in the state on Saturday were in the San Antonio and Tyler areas.
The average price for regular unleaded in Lubbock on Saturday was $2.58 a gallon, according to AAA.