It feels good to see falling gasoline prices... motorists love it, gas stations love it (yes, you read that right!), so who's singing the Thanksgiving blues? I mean, no one should- gas prices have fallen nicely the last few weeks, right? Well, you're kind of right. But since we have short term memory, we won't remember that even with falling pump prices, you'll still be spending the most you ever have to drive to Grandma's for turkey and fixin's.
So what states are coming out better than last Thanksgiving?
Washington. 2011: $3.69. 2012: $3.48. Difference: down 21c/gal.
Alaska. 2011: $4.04. 2012: $3.86. Difference: down 17c/gal.
Oregon. 2011: $3.63. 2012: $3.50. Difference: down 13c/gal.
Montana. 2011: $3.53. 2012: $3.42. Difference: down 11c/gal.
Hawaii. 2011: $4.15. 2012: $4.06. Difference: down 9c/gal.
Who's getting hosed vs. last Thanksgiving?
Michigan. 2011: $3.28. 2012: $3.63. Difference: up 35c/gal.
Utah. 2011: $3.30. 2012: $3.60. Difference: up 30c/gal.
New Jersey. 2011: $3.22. 2012: $3.52. Difference: up 29c/gal.
New York. 2011: $3.62. 2012: $3.90. Difference: up 28c/gal.
New Mexico. 2011: $3.02. 2012: $3.30. Difference: up 28c/gal.
You'll notice that some of the states seeing the biggest drops into this Thanksgiving are in the Pacfic Northwest, a region that had been hampered by refining issues last year, which kept prices high. On the flip side, in the Northeast, you have NY and NJ, two areas where Sandy caused significant damage as well as gasoline supply chain problems. Michigan leads the list as prices just spiked in the last day in the Great Lakes, while last year they fell going into the holiday.