LIMA — Gas prices dropped about a dime during the past week, according to prices reported to GasBuddy.com.
The average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline dipped to $2.27 on Monday morning, down from $2.37 a week ago. Still, prices are up 9 cents higher than last month’s average of $2.18. It’s also 26 cents higher than last year’s average.
Ohio ranked No. 17 in terms of having the least expensive gas, with prices dropping 5 cents to $2.31 per gallon. That’s compared to $2.09 last year, $2.44 in 2015, $3.61 in 2014, $3.45 in 2013 and $3.77 in 2012.
Prices could rise in the coming weeks, said Patrick DeHaan, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.com, in a statement.
“While some states in the Great Lakes saw average gasoline prices ease after leading the nation by rising double digits each of the last two weeks, most the country saw a continued rise,” DeHaan said. “However, the national average may reach its peak for the year in the next few weeks barring major escalation in Syria as refiners have generally concluded seasonal maintenance work and summer gasoline’s May 1st deadline for refiners is just around the corner.”
The lowest price in the region was in Hardin County, at $2.25 per gallon, followed by Shelby ($2.25), Auglaize ($2.26), Van Wert ($2.30), Mercer ($2.33), Logan ($2.34), Hancock ($2.35), and Putnam ($2.36) counties.
Nationally, the average was $2.41, up 1.4 cents from last week’s average.
“The national average gasoline price climbed to its highest level since September 5, 2015 on the $6 per barrel rise in oil prices over the last few weeks, supported by last week’s decline in oil inventories and pressure from geopolitical tensions,” DeHaan said.