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South Central Ohio gas prices rose almost four cents to $3.39 this week, according to AAA East Central.


On the National Front


Today’s national average price at the pump is $3.31 per gallon. This is half a penny less expensive than one week ago, but it is a fraction of a penny more than the same date last year and eight cents more than one month ago.


Prices in a handful of areas have increased due to extremely cold weather causing refinery issues, yet sub-zero temperatures have also decreased demand for gasoline, which could put some downward pressure on prices.


After settling above $100 per barrel for one day on December 27, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil prices have tumbled back toward the $90 per barrel threshold. This sharp decline has been attributed to a stronger U.S. dollar, the return to the global market of Libyan crude, further easing of geopolitical tensions with Iran, and continued concerns surrounding weak domestic demand for gasoline. The decline continued Monday as WTI prices settled 92 cents lower at $91.80 per barrel at the close of formal trading on the NYMEX.


This week’s South Central Ohio average price:


$ 3.394


Average price during the week of January 7, 2014:


$ 3.358


Average price during the week of January 15, 2013:


$ 3.264


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


$3.397


Athens


$3.416


Chillicothe


$3.427


Columbiana


$3.313


East Liverpool


$3.341


Gallipolis


$3.416


Hillsboro


$3.404


Ironton


$3.426


Jackson


$3.388


Logan


$3.398


Marietta


$3.443


Portsmouth


$3.435


Steubenville


$3.274


Washington Court House


$3.443


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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