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22-1668-PHI
Wednesday, August 10, 2022

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Average Energy Prices, Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington – July 2022

Gasoline prices averaged $4.739 per gallon in the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington area in July 2022, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Alexandra Hall Bovee noted that area gasoline prices were 45.4 percent higher than last July when they averaged $3.259 per gallon. Philadelphia-area households paid an average of 18.5 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity in July 2022, 18.6 percent higher than the average of 15.6 cents in July 2021. The average cost of utility (piped) gas at $1.562 per therm in July 2022 was 39.0 percent higher than its price of $1.124 per therm a year earlier. (Data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.)

At $4.739 per gallon, the price for gasoline in the Philadelphia area was close to the national average of $4.768 per gallon in July 2022. From 2018 to 2021, local and national prices for gasoline in July differed by 5.6 percent or less. (See chart 1 and table 1.)

The 18.5 cents per kWh that Philadelphia households paid for electricity in July 2022 was 11.4 percent higher than the nationwide average cost of 16.6 cents per kWh. Last July, electricity prices in Philadelphia were 9.1 percent higher than the nation. From 2018 to 2020, prices paid by Philadelphia-area consumers for electricity in July ranged between 11.4 percent higher to 13.1 percent higher than the U.S. average. (See chart 2.)

The price paid by Philadelphia-area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, was $1.562 per therm in July 2022, 4.1 percent lower than the national average of $1.629 per therm. Utility (piped) gas prices in the Philadelphia area in July for the previous four years ranged from 9.4 percent lower to 16.5 percent higher compared to the U.S. average. (See chart 3.)

The Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD Core Based Statistical Area includes Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania; Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Salem Counties in New Jersey; New Castle County in Delaware; and Cecil County in Maryland.

The Consumer Price Index for August 2022 is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, September 13, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. (ET).


Technical Note

Average prices are estimated from Consumer Price Index (CPI) data for selected commodity series to support the research and analytic needs of CPI data users. Average prices for electricity, utility (piped) gas, and gasoline are published monthly for the U.S. city average, the 4 regions, the 3 population size classes, 10 region/size-class cross-classifications, and the 14 largest local index areas. For electricity, average prices per kilowatt-hour (kWh) are published. For utility (piped) gas, average prices per therm are published. For gasoline, the average price per gallon is published. Average prices for commonly available grades of gasoline are published as well as the average price across all grades.

All eligible prices are converted to a price per normalized quantity. These prices are then used to estimate a price for a defined fixed quantity. The average price per kilowatt-hour represents the total bill divided by the kilowatt-hour usage. The total bill is the sum of all items applicable to all consumers appearing on an electricity bill including, but not limited to, variable rates per kWh, fixed costs, taxes, surcharges, and credits. This calculation also applies to the average price per therm for utility (piped) gas.

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Table 1. Average prices for gasoline, electricity, and utility (piped) gas, the United States and Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD, July 2021–July 2022, not seasonally adjusted
Year and month Gasoline per gallon Electricity per kWh Utility (piped) gas per therm
United States Philadelphia area United States Philadelphia area United States Philadelphia area

2021

July

$3.326 $3.259 $0.143 $0.156 $1.241 $1.124

August

3.351 3.303 0.144 0.156 1.267 1.123

September

3.361 3.316 0.144 0.156 1.302 1.167

October

3.477 3.472 0.142 0.155 1.383 1.175

November

3.576 3.583 0.142 0.159 1.401 1.192

December

3.505 3.556 0.142 0.163 1.402 1.331

2022

January

3.500 3.529 0.147 0.172 1.409 1.337

February

3.675 3.712 0.148 0.170 1.413 1.344

March

4.401 4.308 0.150 0.172 1.411 1.323

April

4.369 4.256 0.151 0.173 1.445 1.344

May

4.695 4.728 0.154 0.175 1.565 1.356

June

5.149 5.072 0.160 0.185 1.699 1.554

July

4.768 4.739 0.166 0.185 1.629 1.562

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2022