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South Central Ohio Gas Prices Jump, Inventory Tightens Nationwide

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After dropping by 13 cents last week, gas prices in South Central Ohio reversed and increased 12 cents this week to $2.800 per gallon according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report. 

Across the Great Lakes and Central States, most states saw increases at the pump and no states saw decreases.  The seven states that saw large declines last week are seeing higher pump prices this week.  After dropping by 13 cents statewide last week, Ohio’s gasoline average increased 8 cents over the week to $2.78. 

According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), gasoline inventories in the region declined for a third week.  With the drop, total inventories are at the lowest mark of the year at 51.6 million barrels, a 1.2-million year-over-year deficit.  If inventories continue to tighten, motorists in the region can expect gas prices to climb.

Today’s average prices: South Central Ohio Average: $2.800
Average price during the week of July 23, 2018:  $2.680
Average price during the week of July 31, 2017:  $2.338

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

$2.817       Athens
$2.682       Chillicothe
$2.733       Columbiana
$2.782       East Liverpool
$2.799       Gallipolis
$2.633       Hillsboro
$2.899       Ironton
$2.865       Jackson
$2.838       Logan
$2.866       Marietta
$2.831       Portsmouth
$2.827       Steubenville
$2.782       Washington Court House
$2.841       Waverly

On the National Front
As U.S. gasoline demand strengthened and supply declined, the national gas price average increased by two-cents on the week to land at $2.86.  According to the latest EIA report, total crude inventories fell on the week and now register at 405 million barrels, which is 80 million lower than levels at the same time last year. 

As crude and gasoline inventories tighten, motorists may see gas prices trend higher and remain volatile.  On the week, pump prices increased as much as 11-cents for some states with others seeing decreases of up to four-cents. 

While today’s gas price average is one-cent less than last month, it is 55-cents more than a year ago and crude oil prices are up $20/bbl compared to this time last year.  At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, West Texas Intermediate decreased 92 cents to settle at $68.69. Oil prices trended higher with the release of EIA's weekly report that total crude inventories fell by 6.2 million barrels and face a year-over-year deficit. 

Motorists can find current gas prices nationwide, statewide, and countywide at

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