LIMA — Hardin County has the lowest gas prices this week by a nine cent margin.
Hardin County has the lowest county average price for gasoline at $2.35. Next is Van Wert at $2.44, followed by Auglaize at $2.46, Mercer at $2.50, Shelby at $2.53, Allen at $2.55, Putnam at $2.562, Hancock at $2.565 and Logan at $2.65.
On Monday morning, the average price of a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was $2.55, while last week’s average was $2.47. Gas prices have increased 9.4 cents from last month’s average and have increased 17.1 cents from last year’s average.
Gas prices in the Lima region have gone up 15.6 cent since last week, according to prices reported to GasBuddy.com. Lima’s gas prices have gone up 7.3 cents since last month. The average for Sunday was 0.9 cents higher than Monday’s prices, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 5,345 gas outlets in Ohio.
The national average has decreased 0.9 cents last week from $2.66. Gas prices have gone up 25.5 cents since last year and is up 11.8 cents since last month.
Oil prices have been higher than usual due to concerns of a possible trade war between the U.S. and China, according to Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy. He believes that gas prices may continue to fluctuate.
“Thankfully, the bulk of refinery maintenance is likely behind us, but keep in mind the volatility of the stock market has had a major influence on gas prices in the last year, so we may still be susceptible to sudden and dramatic change in U.S. policy and also still being susceptible to any lingering maintenance at the large refineries,” said DeHaan in a news release.
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