LIMA — Hardin County has earned the spot as the lowest gas prices in the region by just one cent this week.
Hardin County has the lowest county average price for gasoline at $2.30. Next is Auglaize at $2.31 followed by Shelby at $2.36, Allen at $2.38, Van Wert at $2.38, Hancock at $2.42, Putnam $2.43, Mercer at $2.453 and Logan County at $2.458.
On Monday afternoon, the average price of a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was $2.42, while last week’s average was $2.41. Gas prices have decreased 7.6 cents from last month’s average and have increased 40.7 cents from last year’s average.
Gas prices in the Lima region have increased 16.5 cents since last week, according to prices reported to GasBuddy.com. Ohio’s gas prices were up 1.2 cents since last week. The average for Sunday was down 1.9 cents at $2.44, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 5,345 gas outlets in Ohio.
The national average has gone up 3.3 cents last week from $2.54. Gas prices has gone up 30.5 cents since last year and is up 9.1 cents since last month.
Because oil has been maintaining its strength, gas prices have increased and have risen to their highest level since Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and portions of the U.S. refining capacity, according Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.
“This time around, oil prices have been the culprit for gasoline prices rising to their highest level in over 130 days, and with U.S. crude oil inventories plummeting for 10 straight weeks, I see diminishing chances of the traditional winter relief that accompanies the year’s coldest months,” he said in a news release. “Without gas prices falling, the current price environment may be the floor for what could become a more expensive year than anticipated, barring any change to OPEC policy that has led to today’s climate of lower supply and higher prices.”
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