May 6, 2013
LIMA - The average gas price in Ohio jumped 1.4 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.67 per gallon on Sunday, according to OhioGasPrices.com.
In the Lima region, most stations have prices between $3.63 and $3.73, with the most common price of $3.61. The lowest price in Allen County is $3.59, at several stations.
The average prices in Auglaize County were even lower, with $3.53 common in Wapakoneta.
The average price nationally was $3.51 per gallon.
Overall, prices Sunday were 8.6 cents per gallon lower than a year ago and 13.3 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average dropped 7.8 cents per gallon since last month and 26.8 cents lower than a year ago.
"The national average has begun to tip-toe higher in the last week, led by states in the Great Lakes and West Coast where gasoline prices have crept up considerably in some areas over the last week," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "Oil prices have rebounded, and with the recent strength in stocks trickling over to commodities, I do expect retail gasoline prices to inch up in the weeks ahead. The biggest increases will be along the West Coast, where gasoline supply remains at an ultra-tight status, but prices will also increase in many other areas, led higher by the rally in crude prices we've witnessed in the last week."