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Motorists will be paying a bit more when filling up their tanks this week for Thanksgiving travel. South Central Ohio gas prices have risen almost six cents to $3.28 a gallon, according to AAA East Central.


On the National Front


After falling to a multi-year low of $3.18 per gallon on November 12, the national average price of gas has now increased for 14 straight days and jumped 11 cents to a current average of $3.29.


Today’s national average price at the pump is eight cents more expensive than one week ago, but it remains a penny cheaper than one month ago and 14 cents less than the same date last year.


After several months of steady declines nationwide, average gas prices in many states have moved higher over the last two weeks. Drivers in 38 states and Washington, D.C. are paying more at the pump than one week ago. This increase in retail prices has been keyed by increases in Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic states due to planned and unplanned maintenance at a number of Gulf Coast refineries and seasonally stronger demand for gasoline.


AAA expects that the national average will stay flat or even rise a few cents higher leading up to Thanksgiving. However, as gasoline refined from likely cheaper crude oil makes its way to consumers and refinery issues are resolved, AAA continues to predict that the national average will fall as the holidays draw near.


The price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil has now settled below the $100 per barrel mark for six straight weeks. This decline continued Monday with WTI settling at $93.09 per gallon at the close of formal trading on the NYMEX.


This week’s South Central Ohio average price:


$ 3.281


Average price during the week of November 19, 2013:


$ 3.226


Average price during the week of November 27, 2012:


$ 3.554


The following is a list of the average price of unleaded self-serve gasoline in various areas:


$3.268


Athens


$3.180


Chillicothe


$3.243


Columbiana


$3.242


East Liverpool


$3.369


Gallipolis


$3.250


Hillsboro


$3.321


Ironton


$3.235


Jackson


$3.246


Logan


$3.387


Marietta


$3.396


Portsmouth


$3.251


Steubenville


$3.252


Washington Court House


$3.293


Waverly


AAA East Central is a not-for-profit association with 82 local offices in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, New York and Kentucky servicing 2.7 million members.


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