KENTON— Hardin County has the lowest gas prices this week by less than a penny.
Hardin has the lowest county average price for gasoline at $2.662. Next is Shelby at $2.665, followed by Hancock at $2.68, Auglaize at $2.70, Putnam at $2.73, Mercer a $2.75, Allen at $2.76, Van Wert at $2.77 and Logan at $2.79.
On Monday morning, the average price of a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was $2.76, while last week’s average was $2.85. Gas prices have increased 8.9 cents from last month’s average and have increased 42.3 cents from last year’s average.
Gas prices in the Lima region have gone down 16.8 since last week, according to prices reported to GasBuddy.com. Lima’s gas prices have gone up 5.6 cents since last month and are 47.9 cents higher than last year. The average for Sunday is 2.2 cents higher than Monday’s prices, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 5,345 gas outlets in Ohio.
The national average is steady with yesterday’s average at $2.96. Gas prices have gone down 2.2 cents from last week, but they are up 56.3 cents since last year and up 13.1 cents since last month.
Although gas prices are lower than they have been in the past month, prices are still relatively high, according to Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy.
“We may have dodged a bullet in avoiding the $3 per gallon level for now, but not everything is rosy yet,” he said in a news release. “While nearly 40 states saw average prices drop in the last week, 10 still saw small increases, so this is not an all-inclusive party by any means.”
The high gas prices have cost the the country $228 million more every day compared to last year, according to DeHaan.
“Moving forward, all eyes remain on OPEC and their coming meeting to see if they’ll push oil prices higher, or if they’ll allow a respite for the summer driving season,” said DeHaan in a news release.
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