The price for US crude oil settled at -$37.63 per barrel

20 April 2020

Today oil prices went into the negative for the first time in history.  The price of US crude dropped nearly $56 per barrel or 306 percent to settle at -$37.63 per barrel.

The one-day drop is the largest on record dating back to 1983. The final price is far below the previous all-time low of $10.42 per barrel set on March 31, 1983.

The unprecedented drop comes as the global crude supplies begin to backup with nowhere for it to go. Fuel demand is down due to COVID-19 and storage facilities are at or near capacity.

"This doesn’t mean gas prices will go into the negative too," said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA - The Auto Club Group. "Gasoline futures only lost 4 cents today. That’s because gasoline supplies are being throttled down. While three North American refineries have closed, others are reducing their production rates. Currently the state average is on track to eventually slip into the $1.40s, but this remains a very fluid situation, as with everything else during this pandemic."

Monday’s average price for gasoline in Florida is $1.82 per gallon. The daily average is 60 cents less than two months ago, and 93 cents less than this time last year. 

As of this writing Monday night, the price of crude returned to positive territory, trading at slightly below $1 per barrel. 

Find Florida Gas Prices

  • Daily gas price averages can be found at Gasprices.aaa.com 
  • State and metro averages can be found here

AAA GAS PRICE AVERAGES
(Price per gallon of regular unleaded gasoline)

Sunday Saturday Week Ago Month Ago One Year Ago Record High
National $1.814  $1.817 $1.862 $2.174 $2.842 $4.11   (7/17/2008)
Florida $1.812 $1.815 $1.846 $2.103 $2.744 $4.08   (7/17/2008)
Georgia  $1.671 $1.672 $1.705 $1.998 $2.680 $4.16   (9/15/2008)
Click here to view current gasoline price averages


Gas Price Survey Methodology
AAA updates fuel price averages daily at www.GasPrices.AAA.com. Every day up to 130,000 stations are surveyed based on credit card swipes and direct feeds in cooperation with the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) and Wright Express for unmatched statistical reliability. All average retail prices in this report are for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline.

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