Northeast Ohio Motorists See Jump at the Pump; National Average Continues to Climb

Ohio, Gas Prices
Vintage gas pumps by Liz West
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The average price of gasoline across Northeast Ohio is 14 cents more expensive this week at $2.367 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

Gas prices increased on the week as much as 15 cents across the Great Lakes and Central states (Ohio, +9 cents).  With a 773,000-barrel build, regional inventories measure slightly above the 59 million mark, according to Energy Information Administration (EIA) data.  The region was just one of two in the country to see refinery utilization increase indicating that some refineries may have finished unplanned maintenance since January due to severe winter weather.

This week’s average prices: Northeast Ohio Average                         $2.367
Average price during the week of February 19, 2019                           $2.224
Average price during the week of February 26, 2018                           $2.309

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

$2.378        Alliance
$2.310        Ashland
$2.363        Ashtabula
$2.449        Aurora
$2.434        Chesterland
$2.367        Cleveland
$2.361        Elyria
$2.406        Independence
$2.312        Lorain
$2.406        Lyndhurst
$2.393        Massillon
$2.365        Mentor
$2.410        New Philadelphia
$2.362        Niles
$2.390        Norwalk
$2.279        Oberlin
$2.361        Parma
$2.281        Ravenna
$2.379        Solon
$2.380        Willard
$2.329        Youngstown

On the National Front 
Motorists can fill up for $2.50 or less at most gas stations throughout the country, despite more than 40 states seeing gas price averages increase on the week.  At $2.39, the national gas price average is eight cents more expensive than last week and 12 cents more expensive than last month, yet remains 12 cents cheaper year-over-year. 

Nationwide, refineries have been undergoing maintenance, partly unplanned as the result of poor weather, and partly to prepare to produce spring and summer gasoline.  Even with pump prices on the rise, mostly decreasing demand has helped to offset major increases, keeping gas under $2.50 for most of the country.

At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, West Texas Intermediate increased 30 cents to settle at $57.26 – setting a new high for crude prices this year.  If crude prices sustain at these higher levels, they could potentially send pump prices higher this spring.

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

AAA East Central is a not-for-profit association with 80 local offices in Kentucky, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia serving 2.7 million members.  News releases are available at news.eastcentral.aaa.com.  Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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

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