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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

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Average Energy Prices, New York-Newark-Jersey City – November 2018

Gasoline prices averaged $2.845 per gallon in the New York-Newark-Jersey City area in November 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli noted that gasoline prices were up $0.187 compared to last November when area households paid $2.658 per gallon. Electricity prices averaged 19.4 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh), down from the 20.0 cents per kWh paid in November 2017. The average price of utility (piped) gas, at $1.226 per therm, was more than last November’s price of $1.158. (Data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.)

At $2.845 a gallon, the price of gasoline in the New York area compared to a $2.733 national average in November 2018. One year earlier, consumers in the New York area also paid close to the national average. For the past five years, the local price of a gallon of gasoline in November has been within 7 percent of the national average. (See chart 1.)

The 19.4 cents per kWh New York households paid for electricity in November 2018 was 45 percent more than the national average of 13.4 cents per kWh. Last November, electricity prices were 47 percent higher in New York compared to the nation. In the past five years, electricity charges for local area consumers in November were 36 to 48 percent more than the national average. (See chart 2.)

The average price paid in November 2018 by New York area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, was $1.226 per therm, 20 percent more than the national average of $1.020. In 2017, area consumers paid 12 percent more than the national average; in 2015 and 2016, the per-therm cost for natural gas in the New York in November was close to the U.S. average. (See chart 3.)

The New York-Newark-Jersey City, N.Y.-N.J.-Pa., Core Based Statistical Area includes Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties in New York; Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, and Union Counties in New Jersey; and Pike County in Pennsylvania.

The December 2018 Consumer Price Index for New York-Newark-Jersey City is scheduled to be released on Friday, January 11, 2019, 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, 9 divisions, 2 population size classes, 8 region/size-class cross-classifications, and the 23 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, New York-Newark-Jersey City and the United States, November 2017–November 2018, not seasonally adjusted
Year and month Gasoline per gallon Electricity per kWh Utility (piped) gas per therm
New York United States New York United States New York United States

2017

November

$2.658 $2.608 $0.200 $0.136 $1.158 $1.028

December

2.623 2.521 0.208 0.136 1.188 1.042

2018

January

2.685 2.596 0.202 0.135 1.124 1.048

February

2.750 2.632 0.198 0.135 1.241 1.077

March

2.682 2.631 0.206 0.135 1.225 1.054

April

2.814 2.795 0.203 0.134 1.212 1.044

May

3.020 2.963 0.210 0.136 1.262 1.050

June

3.065 2.970 0.217 0.139 1.244 1.042

July

3.003 2.930 0.216 0.139 1.258 1.038

August

2.988 2.919 0.208 0.139 1.220 1.055

September

2.975 2.930 0.212 0.138 1.183 1.030

October

2.974 2.945 0.206 0.136 1.154 1.023

November

2.845 2.733 0.194 0.134 1.226 1.020

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, December 12, 2018