LIMA — Shelby County has the lowest gas prices this week with a three-cent lead.
Shelby County has the lowest county average price for gasoline at $2.10. Next is Auglaize County at $2.13, followed by Allen County at $2.15, Hardin County at $2.173, Hancock County at $2.177, Putnam County at $2.22, Mercer County at $2.24, Logan at $2.31 and Van Wert County at $2.34.
On Monday afternoon, the average price of a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was $2.24, while last week’s average was $2.36. Gas prices have decreased 18.1 cents from last month’s average and have increased 18 cents from last year’s average.
Gas prices in the Lima region have increased 7.6 cents since last week, according to prices reported to GasBuddy.com. Ohio’s gas prices have gone down 11.4 cents since last week. The average for Sunday was 2.7 cents less than the average Monday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 5,345 gas outlets in Ohio.
The national average has decreased 5.6 cents last week from $2.56. Gas prices has gone up 22.8 cents since last year and is down 2.8 cents since last month.
For two straight weeks gas prices in nearly every state have decreased, according to Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. He believes that gas prices will continue to be low for a limited time before oil prices began to strengthen again.
“Worth watching is U.S. shale oil production values which continue to increase, which may limit oil’s rally moving forward, but dead ahead on the calendar is still turnaround season at the nation’s refiners which promises at least some short-term pain for long-term gain,” said DeHaan in a news release.
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