Lima-area gas prices 12 cents higher this week

LIMA — Gas prices in the region rose 12 cents from last week to this week, according to prices reported to

The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in Allen County was $2.34 on Monday, up from last week’s average of $2.22. That’s also up 22 cents from two weeks ago and 15 cents above last month’s average of $2.19. Still, it’s 34 cents lower than last year’s average.

Along with Allen County, prices in eight other northwest Ohio counties rose within the last week. The lowest area price was in Hardin County at $2.26, followed by Shelby ($2.33), Auglaize ($2.34), Van Wert ($2.35), Putnam/Hancock ($2.36), Mercer ($2.37) and Logan ($2.39) counties.

In Ohio, prices were up 14.1 cents per gallon from last week, averaging $2.38 Sunday. This compares with the national average that has increased 6.1 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.28, according to GasBuddy.

Including the change in gas prices in Ohio during the past week, prices Sunday were 34.5 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and are 20.1 cents higher than a month ago. The national average increased 15.1 cents per gallon during the last month and stood 46.1 cents lower than this day one year ago.

“With crude oil prices rallying over the past 6 weeks, reaching the highest point that we’ve seen since November before Friday’s close, we should expect wholesale and retail gasoline prices to rise further,” said Gregg Laskoski, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.

“The good news for consumers is that even with the recent increases in the price at the pump, on average we’re still paying about 45 cents less per gallon this year versus last.”

By John Bush

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