Northeast Ohio motorists will feel some relief at the pump this week, as area gas prices have fallen to $3.64.
Today’s national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $3.58. This price is 6 cents more expensive than one week ago, making it the largest weekly increase since February, according to AAA East Central.
The recent trend of higher prices at the pump has been nearly universal with only motorists in West Virginia and Ohio paying less today at the pump than a week ago.
Six states — Oregon, Minnesota, Washington, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Iowa — have seen prices surge by more than 20 cents, and 13 states have seen prices jump by at least a dime.
While higher crude-oil prices have put upward pressure on retail gasoline prices across the country, it has been tight supplies and refinery maintenance — both planned and unplanned — in the middle of the country and West Coast that has squeezed prices substantially higher for drivers in those regions, the AAA reported.