Gas Prices in South Central Ohio Steady Ahead of 4th of July Weekend

Ohio, Gas Prices
Picturesque gas station by Wonderlane
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Gas prices in South Central Ohio hovered at $2.168 per gallon this week, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. 

One of the most volatile regions as of late, the Great Lakes and Central States saw some stability on the week.  Ten states saw prices decrease on average by 2 cents.  Statewide, Ohio (+4 cents) is one of three states in the country to see an increase.  For the first time in three weeks, gasoline inventory declined. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), inventory sits at nearly 55 million barrels, similar to this time last year inventory levels.

This week’s average prices: South Central Ohio Average               $2.168
Average price during the week of June 19, 2017                               $2.171
Average price during the week of June 27, 2016                               $2.410

Here is the price per gallon of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas:

$2.309       Athens
$2.175       Chillicothe
$2.109       Columbiana
$2.152       East Liverpool
$2.155       Gallipolis
$2.166       Hillsboro
$2.103       Ironton
$2.192       Jackson
$2.176       Logan
$2.152       Marietta
$2.248       Portsmouth
$2.061       Steubenville
$2.161       Washington Court House
$2.192       Waverly

On the National Front
Despite a surge in gasoline demand on the week, the national average price for gasoline is nearing an all-time low for the year at $2.26/gallon.  On the week, gas prices fell in all but three states, and the national average has fallen for 24 consecutive days.  Today’s national average is three cents cheaper than a week ago and eleven cents cheaper than a month ago.  Heading into Independence Day weekend, gasoline is four cents less than a year ago. 

Record refinery rates and high gasoline and crude inventory are among the contributing factors causing the downward price trend.  Refinery production has easily met demand from drivers and has left gasoline stockpiles at high levels.  This is good news for people planning to travel for the Independence Day holiday.  AAA forecasts 37.5 million Americans will drive to their holiday destination, which potentially can mean a small increase in holiday weekend gas prices.  But in light of the gasoline surplus, the increase may amount to pennies at most.

Drivers can find current gas prices along their route with the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad, and Android. The app can also be used to map a route, find discounts, book a hotel and access AAA roadside assistance. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile.

AAA East Central is a not-for-profit association with 81 local offices in Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia serving 2.7 million members.  Past news releases are available at news.eastcentral.aaa.com.  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

For More Information, Contact:
Jim Garrity, Public & Community Relations Manager
Desk: 412-365-7274 / Cell: 412-905-9021 / Email: Garrity.James@aaaec.com


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