No treats at the pump in south central Ohio

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Gas prices in South Central Ohio jumped by 14 cents this week to $2.456 per gallon, according to AAA East Central’s Gas Price Report.

The Great Lakes and Central states collectively are seeing gas prices increase more than any other region in the country. On the week, motorists are paying 12 cents more at the pump in Ohio/ four cents more at the pump in Kentucky.

The region has seen gasoline inventories decline for five weeks straight. At 46.6 million barrels, inventories register at the lowest level of the year and 4.65 million barrels below year ago levels. As supply tightens, gas prices are increasing for motorists in the region.

This week’s average prices: South Central Ohio Average $2.456

Average price during the week of Oct. 23, 2017 $2.315

Average price during the week of Oct. 31, 2016 $2.100

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

$2.557 Athens

$2.409 Chillicothe

$2.428 Columbiana

$2.457 East Liverpool

$2.357 Gallipolis

$2.477 Hillsboro

$2.434 Ironton

$2.469 Jackson

$2.462 Logan

$2.467 Marietta

$2.489 Portsmouth

$2.434 Steubenville

$2.452 Washington Court House

$2.494 Waverly

On the National Front

At $2.47, today’s national gas price average is one cent more on the week. Gas prices are fluctuating across the country with 25 states paying more, 17 states paying less and nine states staying stable on the week for a gallon of regular gasoline. Despite the fluctuation, the national average gas price should decrease as the holidays approach.

At the close of Friday’s formal trading session on the NYMEX, West Texas Intermediate closed at $53.90/barrels, with a gain of $1.26 for the day. Oil prices may continue pushing higher this week, following the release of EIA’s latest report that showed exports of U.S. crude surpassed 1.9 million b/d for the second time in the last four weeks. The growth in exports has helped the price gain amid concerns that global supply is tightening as OPEC’s production reduction agreement has greater influence over the oil market.

Additionally, total U.S. crude inventories rose by 900,000 barrels as inputs to refineries rose by 609,000 b/d. The refinery increases are likely due to production levels stabilizing above 16 million b/d after restarts of several Gulf Coast as a precaution ahead of Hurricane Nate’s landfall earlier this month.

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