LIMA — By a very slim margin, gas prices in the Lima area are the lowest in the region for the second straight week.
Yet again, Allen County has the lowest county average price for gasoline at $2.299. Next is Shelby at $2.300 followed by Hancock at $2.301, Hardin at $2.349, Auglaize at $2.37, Putnam at $2.39, Van Wert at $2.399, Mercer at $2.401 and Logan County at $2.49.
On Monday afternoon, the average price of a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was $2.39, while last week’s average was $2.47. Gas prices have decreased 1.6 cents from last month’s average and have increased 26.2 cents from last year’s average.
Gas prices in the Lima region have increased 0.5 cents since last week, according to prices reported to GasBuddy.com. Ohio’s gas prices were up 8.7 cents since last week. The average for Sunday was down 2.7 cents at $2.41, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 5,345 gas outlets in Ohio.
The national average has been steady since last week at $2.53. Gas prices has gone up 22.2 cents since last year and is up 9 cents since last month.
According to Patrick DeHaan, the head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy, gas prices this season have been higher than usual because U.S. oil inventories are 127 million barrels lower than last year.
“What continues to impress is the large spread in prices between stations nearby, even as gas prices remain somewhat low, unsuspecting motorists have seen price differences of 10 to as much as 50 cents per gallon between neighboring stations in some large cities,” said DeHaan in a news release.
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