Gas Prices Increase

There is some volatility at the pump across the Great Lakes and Central states, with eight states seeing gas prices increase since last Monday. These increases are due in-part to regional refinery maintenance. On the week, Ohio (+11 cents) saw the largest increase in the country and region.

Gasoline inventory grew by a half a million barrels on the week to push totals up to 47.8 million barrels. Currently, stocks are sitting at their lowest level of the year, which is not ideal given the seasonal increase in travel.

This week’s average prices: South Central Ohio Average: $2.749

Average price during the week of May 28, 2019 $2.661

Average price during the week of June 4, 2018 $2.775

The average price of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas:

$2.897 Athens

$2.799 Chillicothe

$2.694 Columbiana

$2.790 East Liverpool

$2.780 Gallipolis

$2.813 Hillsboro

$2.433 Ironton

$2.844 Jackson

$2.769 Logan

$2.561 Marietta

$2.607 Portsmouth

$2.798 Steubenville

$2.827 Washington Court House

$2.869 Waverly

On the National Front

Today’s national average is $2.81, which is two cents cheaper than last week, eight cents less than last month, and 13 cents less than last year. Across much of the country, motorists are saving as much as 23 cents/gallon to fill up as compared to last month.

The lowering cost of gasoline has been aided by cheaper crude oil. At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, West Texas Intermediate fell by $3.09 to $53.50. Crude prices suffered a major loss last week, the largest in six months, after new trade tensions emerged between the U.S. and Mexico, a key U.S. trade partner and a major supplier of crude oil. Moving into this week, growing global trade war fears will likely push crude prices down.

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