Northeast Ohio Gas Prices Jump as Nationwide Average Hits Three-Year High

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Northeast Ohio gas prices are up by six cents this week to $2.567 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

Gas prices are more expensive on the week across all states in the Great Lakes and Central region.  The average gas price in the region is $2.60 (Ohio, $2.59) (Kentucky, $2.62). 

Gasoline inventories remained relatively stable on the week in region, seeing a modest drop of 26,000 barrels.  This marks the fifth week of inventory declines.  However, at 58 million barrels in total, inventories are 2 million stronger than early April 2017.

This week’s average prices: Northeast Ohio Average:  $2.567
Average price during the week of April 9, 2018:  $2.505
Average price during the week of April 17, 2017: $2.325

Average prices of the unleaded self-service gasoline in various areas:

$2.490        Alliance
$2.486        Ashland
$2.540        Ashtabula
$2.599        Aurora
$2.593        Chesterland
$2.567        Cleveland
$2.563        Elyria
$2.562        Independence
$2.555        Lorain
$2.574        Lyndhurst
$2.541        Massillon
$2.575        Mentor
$2.542        New Philadelphia
$2.526        Niles
$2.682        Norwalk
$2.679        Oberlin
$2.577        Parma
$2.507        Ravenna
$2.586        Solon
$2.583        Willard
$2.575        Youngstown

On the National Front
At $2.71, gas prices are at their most expensive point in nearly three years and continue to climb.  On the week, the national average increased a nickel.  Motorists in six west coast states are paying more than $3/gallon.  Across the country, only 27 percent of gas stations are selling gas for $2.50 or less.  Moreover, today’s gas price average is 18-cents more than a month ago and 30-cents more than a year ago.

Expensive crude oil prices, unrest in the Middle East, and strong domestic demand are some of the factors that are driving Spring gas prices higher.  At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) settled at $67.39.  Last week, WTI traded at the highest levels since December 2014 and are expected to continue to build momentum this week. 

In its latest report, EIA data for the week ending on April 6 shows domestic crude production in the U.S. hit a new record high of 10.53 million b/d.  The increased output led crude storage levels to grow by 3.3 million barrels to 428.6 million. With Baker Hughes, Inc. reporting that the U.S. added seven oil rigs last week – bringing the total to 815 – crude production in the U.S. is likely to continue growing.

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

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