By FRANK LEWIS
PDT Staff Writer
At the same time clocks were jumping ahead last weekend, gas prices were, too. The average retail gasoline prices in Ohio have risen 12.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.85, with many of the outlets in Scioto County kicking prices up to $3.95 per gallon. The statewide average of $3.85 compares with the national average that has increased 3.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.75.
A check of prices on GasBuddy.com, shows the lowest prices in the region in Greenup, Ky., where the average price of a gallon of gas was listed as $3.79. BP in Lloyd, Ky., across the Greenup Bridge, also reported their gas was $3.79 per gallon Monday morning. According to GasBuddy.com, Scioto County showed prices ranging from $3.85 to 3.95.
Including the change in gas prices in Ohio during the last week, prices Sunday were 30.2 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 52.9 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 28.3 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 22.4 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago.
“With a likely peak in gasoline prices still as much as two or more months away, the national average for a gallon of gasoline has already hit the bottom of the range that we projected back in January in our 2012 gasoline price forecast, which is quite concerning,” GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan said.
Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 232, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.