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South Central Ohio gas prices rose eight cents this week, according to AAA East Central. A gallon of gasoline now averages $3.49.


On the National Front


The national average price at the pump has fallen for 22 straight days, which is the longest streak in 2013. Today’s average price for regular unleaded gasoline is $3.46 per gallon. This price is five cents less expensive than one week ago, eight cents less than one month ago and 35 cents less than the same day last year.


Drivers in every state and D.C. are paying less for gasoline than one year ago. The magnitude of this discount varies greatly depending on what state you’re filling up in.


The beginning of the shift to cheaper winter-blend gasoline has helped lead prices lower, although the Midwest bears watching as recent planned and unplanned maintenance at regional refineries has already seen prices in Michigan, Indiana and Ohio jump in recent days.


Barring a hurricane or other unexpected disruption to gasoline production and distribution, AAA expects that retail prices will continue lower in the coming months, as sufficient supplies, flat demand and cheaper winter-blend gasoline mean motorists are likely to pay less to fill their tanks.


As retail gas prices have drifted lower in much of the country West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil prices have remained above $100 per barrel but pulled back somewhat from the recent multi-year high of $110.10 on August 28. At the close of Monday’s formal trading on the NYMEX, WTI settled $1.16 lower at $103.59 per barrel — the lowest price since August 8.


This week’s South Central Ohio average price:


$ 3.490


Average price during the week of September 10, 2013:


$ 3.412


Average price during the week of September 18, 2012:


$ 3.793


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


$3.563


Athens


$3.526


Chillicothe


$3.482


Columbiana


$3.453


East Liverpool


$3.471


Gallipolis


$3.472


Hillsboro


$3.408


Ironton


$3.514


Jackson


$3.513


Logan


$3.534


Marietta


$3.475


Portsmouth


$3.429


Steubenville


$3.479


Washington Court House


$3.543


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.

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