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Area Gas Prices Up Four Cents

May 5, 2014

South Central Ohio gas prices rose nearly four cents a gallon to $3.76 this week, according to AAA East Central.


On the National Front


Today’s national average price at the pump is $3.69 per gallon. This is about three cents more than last week, and 14 cents more than one month ago. The national average is up nearly 19 cents compared to the same date last year. Despite this differential, today’s price is lower than the same date in both 2011 and 2012. The price remains in line with AAA’s projection for spring gas prices which expected a peak between $3.55 and $3.75.


During the second half of April, drivers in the Northeastern corridor have experienced some of the largest increases in retail prices. Meanwhile, over the last seven days, prices in some Southeastern and Midcontinent states have declined, including Kentucky (-4 cents). Drivers in 37 states and the District of Columbia continue to pay a year-over-year premium in the double digits, led by California (+35 cents) and Georgia (+32 cents).


Ongoing geopolitical tensions between Russia and Ukraine remain a central reason for crude oil prices remaining elevated, which has contributed to higher gas prices. Additional sanctions on Russia were issued Monday by the Obama Administration, and market watchers will continue to monitor the situation closely for any signs of further escalation that could impact global oil supplies. At the close of formal trading Monday on the NYMEX, WTI closed 24 cents higher at $100.84 per barrel. This marked the 24th consecutive settlement above $100 per barrel.


This week’s South Central Ohio average price:


$ 3.763


Average price during the week of April 22, 2014:


$ 3.722


Average price during the week of April 30, 2013:


$ 3.610


The following is a list of the average price of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas:


$3.853


Athens


$3.737


Chillicothe


$3.755


Columbiana


$3.786


East Liverpool


$3.710


Gallipolis


$3.774


Hillsboro


$3.761


Ironton


$3.734


Jackson


$3.757


Logan


$3.691


Marietta


$3.729


Portsmouth


$3.789


Steubenville


$3.755


Washington Court House


$3.851


Waverly


AAA East Central is a not-for-profit association with 82 local offices in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, New York and Kentucky servicing 2.7 million members.