LIMA — Gas prices in the Lima region plummeted Monday after increasing during the past week, according to GasBuddy.com.
On Monday afternoon, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Allen County was $2.06, which was down 9 cents from Sunday’s price, 6 cents from last week’s average, 10 cents from last month’s average and 1 cent from last year’s average.
Allen County’s average price registered at $2.15 early Monday before falling in the hours that followed. The lowest price in the region Monday morning was $2.10 in Auglaize County, followed by Mercer ($2.17), Hancock ($2.18), Hardin, Logan and Putnam ($2.19), and Shelby and Van Wert ($2.22) counties.
The average price in Ohio was $2.20 early Monday, making it the 17th least-expensive state in the country for gas. Ohio’s prices rose 4.7 cents per gallon since last week. This compares with the national average, which has increased 2.1 cents in the past week to $2.27.
“Over the last week, gasoline prices have risen across a majority of the country, following the price of oil which has been rising as of late,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com.
“Unfortunately, motorists are likely to see gasoline prices continue to rise in more places than prices fall, but it’s not all bad news — gasoline prices nationally continue to hold somewhat near their summer lows, something that wasn’t at all expected earlier this year.”
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