KENTON — Hardin County had the lowest gas prices in the Greater Lima region on Monday at $2.65, which is 28 cents less than the national average.
The second lowest gas prices are in Mercer County at $2.68, followed by Allen at $2.70, Auglaize at $2.72, Van Wert at $2.73, Hancock at $2.74, Putnam at $2.269, Van Wert at $2.29 and Mercer at $2.34.
On Monday morning, the average price of a gallon of regular gas in Ohio was $2.80, while last week’s average was $2.75. Sunday’s gas prices were 1.8 cents less than Monday’s average. Last month’s gas prices were 1.9 cents higher than this month’s. Also gas prices are 57.4 cents higher than last year.
Gas prices in the Lima region have decreased since last week, according to prices reported to GasBuddy.com. Ohio’s gas prices have gone down 5.6 cents since last week. The average for Sunday was 1.7 cents more than Monday’s average, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 5,345 gas outlets in Ohio.
The national average has gone down 1.4 cents from last week at $2.94. Sunday’s gas prices were 1.6 cent’s higher than on Monday. Gas prices has gone up 60.2 cents since last year and is up 6.4 cents since last month.
GasBuddy Head of Petroleum Analysis Patrick DeHaan expects gas prices to continue to drop due to a discussion that OPEC may lift output which would push oil prices back down to the mid-$60 range.
“As we’ve been expecting for months, gas prices will likely decline in the month of June as summer gasoline inventories continue to build and refiners continue to crank out fuels like gasoline and diesel,” said DeHaan. “A solid majority of states saw average gas prices decline last week, and I expect we’ll hold that trajectory again this week.”
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