Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Gasoline prices averaged $2.135 a gallon in the Cleveland-Akron-Lorain area in October 2016, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Charlene Peiffer noted that area gasoline prices were down 29.7 cents compared to October 2015 when they averaged $2.432 per gallon. Cleveland area households paid an average of 12.0 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity in October 2016, 9.8 percent lower than the 13.3 cents per kWh paid in October 2015. Utility (piped) gas averaged 61.6 cents per therm in October, up from its average price of 56.6 cents per therm a year earlier. (Data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.)
At $2.135 a gallon, costs for gasoline in the Cleveland area were 16.9 cents lower than the national average of $2.304 in October 2016. Cleveland area gasoline prices were 23.3 cents and 5.3 cents below the national average in October of 2012 and 2014, but were 7.5 cents above in October 2015. (See chart 1.)
The 12.0 cents per kWh Cleveland households paid for electricity in October 2016 was 10.4 percent lower than the nationwide average of 13.4 cents during this same period. Excluding October 2015 when electricity costs were comparable to the national average, in the previous four years (2012-2015), in October, costs for electricity in the Cleveland area ranged from 5.3 percent to 7.4 percent less. (See chart 2.)
Prices paid by Cleveland area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, at 61.6 cents per therm, were 35.9 percent below the national average of 96.1 cents per therm in October 2016. Utility (piped) gas prices in the Cleveland area had been lower than the national average in the prior four years (2012-2015) in October, ranging from 26.1 percent lower in 2014 to 37.7 percent in 2015. (See chart 3.)
The Cleveland-Akron-Lorain, Ohio, Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area consists of Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit Counties in Ohio.
Historical average energy prices for the U.S. and select metropolitan areas are available at www.bls.gov/regions/midwest/data/averageenergyprices_selectedareas_table.htm.
The Consumer Price Index for November 2016 is scheduled to be released on Thursday, December 15, 2016.
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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|Cleveland area||United States||Cleveland area||United States||Cleveland area||United States|
Last Modified Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2016