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South Central Ohio gas prices rose five cents a gallon to $3.46 this week, according to AAA East Central’s Fuel Gauge Report.


AAA East Central surveys more than 211 gas stations in South Central Ohio on a weekly basis. It says the cheapest gas was in Marietta at $3.296 a gallon for regular unleaded and the most expensive gas was in Washington Court House at $3.542.


Ohio (+10), with an average of $3.450 a gallon, was one of 10 states to see regular unleaded gas prices increase. Prices in the Midwest are consistently among the most volatile in the country, increasing and decreasing quickly. While prices have risen slightly over the last week in parts of the Midwest due to refinery problems, Ohio also recently led the nation in month-over-month price decreases.


This week’s South Central Ohio average price:


$ 3.459


Average price during the week of July 29, 2014:


$ 3.409


Average price during the week of Aug. 6, 2013:


$ 3.546


On the National Front


Across the U.S. for the first time since March 12, the national average price for unleaded gasoline dropped below $3.50 per gallon ($3.4997). Today’s national average is at the lowest level for early August since 2010. Today’s price is two cents less than one week ago, 16 cents less than one month ago and 12 cents less than the same date last year.


Oil market watchers continue to monitor the Middle East and northern Africa, paying special attention to growing tensions in Eastern Europe. United States and European powers last week announced coordinated sanctions targeting Russia’s long-term ability to develop new oil resources in response to the country’s involvement in the insurgency in eastern Ukraine.


West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil prices settled 41 cents higher on Monday at $98.29 per barrel.


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


$3.491


Athens


$3.503


Chillicothe


$3.379


Columbiana


$3.379


East Liverpool


$3.478


Gallipolis


$3.520


Hillsboro


$3.522


Ironton


$3.384


Jackson


$3.526


Logan


$3.296


Marietta


$3.489


Portsmouth


$3.462


Steubenville


$3.542


Washington Court House


$3.452


Waverly


AAA East Central is a not-for-profit association with 81 local offices in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, New York and Kentucky servicing 2.7 million members.


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