LIMA — Shelby County has the lowest gas prices this week by a 1-cent margin.
Shelby County has the lowest county average price for gasoline at $2.30. Next is Auglaize at $2.31, followed by Putnam at $2.34, Hardin at $2.34, Mercer at $2.37, Van Wert at $2.39, Allen at $2.42, Hancock at $2.43 and Logan at $2.44.
On Monday morning, the average price of a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was $2.41, while last week’s average was $2.37. Gas prices have increased 5.5 cents from last month’s average and have increased 27.4 cents from last year’s average.
Gas prices in the Lima region have gone up one cent since last week, according to prices reported to GasBuddy.com. Ohio’s gas prices have gone up 4.2 cents since last week. The average for Sunday was constant with Monday’s prices, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 5,345 gas outlets in Ohio.
The national average has decreased 0.6 cents last week from $2.527. Gas prices has gone up 22.1 cents since last year and is down 4.6 cents since last month.
Although gas prices are not as they were months before, oil prices are volatile, according to Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.
“Thus far, we have seen a market that’s lacked solid upward movement when it usually sees exactly that,”said DeHaan in a news release. “This could lend weight to oil prices being too high, but at the same time, we continue to see if any major disruptions occur at U.S. refineries to offset any devaluation in the price of oil. So far the balance is in the middle, but threats remain in the months ahead — we’re still expecting a surge, so motorists aren’t off the hook by any means yet.”
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