The average wellhead price of crude oil rose $4.18 to $86.83 in December from November. The monthly average price was $8.95 higher than the average price in the same month last year. The record high was set in June 2008 at $123.77 per barrel.
The annual average price of $87.44 for 2013 was an increase of $2.49 from $84.95 in 2012. The annual average for 2013 was within cents of the record high set in 2008. The annual average for 2008 remains the record high rising above the previous records set each year from 2004 to 2008. Before 2004, the record high had been $35.32 set in 1981.