LIMA — Shelby County has the lowest gas prices this week by a three cent margin.
Shelby County has the lowest county average price for gasoline at $2.31. Next is Putnam at $2.34, followed by Allen at just under $2.36, Hancock at $2.36, Auglaize at $2.384, Mercer at $2.388, Hardin at $2.43, Van Wert at $2.45 and Logan at $2.54.
On Monday morning, the average price of a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was $2.41, while last week’s average was $2.45. Gas prices have increased 11.4 cents from last month’s average and have increased 27.5 cents from last year’s average.
Gas prices in the Lima region have gone up 9.7 cent since last week, according to prices reported to GasBuddy.com. Lima’s gas prices have gone up 4.8 cents since last week. The average for Sunday was 14.7 cents lower than Monday’s prices, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 5,345 gas outlets in Ohio.
The national average has increased 4.5 cents last week from $2.56. Gas prices have gone up 31.7 cents since last year and is up nine cents since last month.
Within the last week gas has risen and are expected to rise due to the “typical spring fever,” according to Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.
“The Great Lakes led the region as the region cycled one step closer to the final summer-spec gasoline in the last week, and with the change, a price rise that was passed on from the wholesale to retail level, pushing their prices to tie for the highest prices in a couple years,” said DeHaan in a news release. “As March wraps up, gas prices are going out like a small lion, but there may be a larger lion looming in the weeks ahead. The surge at the pump is by no means over just yet.”
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