Northeast Ohio Motorists See One of the Nation’s Largest Hikes at the Pump

Ohio, Gas Prices
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The average price of gasoline across Northeast Ohio is 12 cents more expensive this week at $2.447 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

Indiana (+14) and Ohio (+11 cents) saw the largest week-over-week gas price increases of all states in the Great Lakes and Central region and the country.  Gasoline supplies decreased moderately in the region to 58.3 million barrels, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA).  In the same week, regional refinery utilization decreased by one percent.  If stocks continue to fall, gas prices are likely to continue increasing especially with the switchover to summer-blend gasoline, which is more expensive to produce.

This week’s average prices: Northeast Ohio Average: $2.447
Average price during the week of March 4, 2019: $2.325
Average price during the week of March 12, 2018: $2.378

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

$2.468        Alliance
$2.467        Ashland
$2.391        Ashtabula
$2.503        Aurora
$2.418        Chesterland
$2.420        Cleveland
$2.409        Elyria
$2.475        Independence
$2.365        Lorain
$2.454        Lyndhurst
$2.454        Massillon
$2.445        Mentor
$2.456        New Philadelphia
$2.392        Niles
$2.513        Norwalk
$2.486        Oberlin
$2.430        Parma
$2.449        Ravenna
$2.483        Solon
$2.454        Willard
$2.371        Youngstown

On the National Front 
On the week, the national gas price average and that of 26 states jumped a nickel or more. The national average has been steadily increasing for the last three weeks, currently sitting at $2.47.  During that time, gasoline inventory has gradually decreased while demand has started to increase and crude oil prices have fluctuated.  Combined, these factors are driving up gas prices across the country.  Today’s gas price average is a nickel more than last week, 20 cents more expensive than a month ago, but five cents less than last year.

At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, West Texas Intermediate dropped 59 cents to settle at $56.07.  Oil prices fell at the end of last week following the release of lower-than-expected job growth data in the U.S. and continued concerns that a slowing global economy could bring weaker global crude demand later this year.  Moving into this week, crude prices may rise as the global crude supply tightens due to OPEC’s 1.2 million b/d production reduction agreement in place through at least June 2019 and U.S-imposed crude export sanctions on Iran and Venezuela.

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.

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

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