LIMA — Gas prices in Allen County were the highest in the region Monday, according to prices reported to GasBuddy.com.
The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas was $2.24, an 11-cent increase from last week’s average of $2.13. It is also up 21 cents from last month’s average of $2.03, and has climbed 31 cents from last year’s average of $1.93.
Gas prices varied wildly across northwest Ohio, with some counties experiencing a decrease and others experiencing an increase. Prices in Shelby County rose 14 cents since last week, while prices in Hardin County fell 4 cents. Of the nine area counties, five showed increases and four experienced a decline.
The lowest average price in the region was $2.01 in Auglaize County, followed by Hardin ($2.02), Van Wert ($2.13), Shelby ($2.16), Putnam ($2.17), Mercer and Logan ($2.18), Hancock ($2.20) and Allen ($2.24) counties.
The average price in Ohio was $2.19 early Monday, making it the 17th least-expensive state for gas. Ohio’s prices rose 7.4 cents per gallon from the previous week. This compares with the national average, which has fallen 0.3 cents in the last week to $2.29.
“As oil prices have hit a bit of a rough patch in the last two weeks, gasoline prices have stumbled as well with a majority of states seeing a weekly pull back in retail prices,” said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com. “While some states did see minor increases, the bulk of the country saw prices moving lower at a time of year that such a move is about as likely as a 16th seed team winning the NCAA tournament.”
However, DeHaan said it is “nearly guaranteed” that prices rebound in time for Memorial Day and the start of summer driving season.
“For now, there’s a major tug of war going on with oil prices — a move higher or lower in the week ahead could determine the direction of prices the next few weeks or longer,” DeHaan added.
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