Pump Prices Jump for South Central Ohio Motorists; Nation Prepares for Springtime Demand

Pump Prices Jump for South Central Ohio Motorists; Nation Prepares for Springtime Demand

The average price of gasoline across South Central Ohio is nine cents more expensive this week at $2.541 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. 

Six Great Lakes and Central States land on this week’s top 10 list with the largest increases, including Ohio (+12 cents).  In the region, gas prices range from $2.43 to $2.74. 

The region saw the second largest decrease in gasoline stocks this week with a draw of 1 million barrels, per the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest data report.  The decrease drives total stocks down to 55.7 million, the lowest measure on count this year, helping to push prices upward.

This week’s average prices: South Central Ohio Average:                   $2.541
Average price during the week of March 18, 2019                                 $2.452
Average price during the week of March 26, 2018                                 $2.429

The average price of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas:  

$2.634       Athens
$2.552       Chillicothe
$2.418       Columbiana
$2.418       East Liverpool
$2.523       Gallipolis
$2.521       Hillsboro
$2.621       Ironton
$2.623       Jackson
$2.580       Logan
$2.463       Marietta
$2.486       Portsmouth
$2.530       Steubenville
$2.570       Washington Court House
$2.660       Waverly

On the National Front
With an eight-cent jump on the week, at $2.62, the national average continues to trend more expensive since mid-February.  Increasing demand and tightening gasoline stocks have been helping to drive prices upward, and with spring around the corner, motorists could see prices increase further in the weeks ahead as demand continues to increase.  However, while today’s national average is nearly a quarter more expensive than last month, it is only two cents more expensive than last year at this time.

At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, West Texas Intermediate decreased 94 cents to settle at $59.04.  U.S. stock market losses dragged oil prices lower despite new data from the EIA that revealed that total domestic crude inventories fell by nearly 10 million barrels to 439.5 million.  In addition to current global crude oil dynamics, the larger-than-expected drawdown could be a sign of higher crude prices to come, which would likely lead to more expensive gasoline.  

Motorists can find current gas prices nationwide, statewide, and countywide at GasPrices.AAA.com.

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