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Gas prices spike 32 cents in Akron, 22 cents in Cleveland

The average price for a gallon of gas is now topping $3.60 in both Akron and Cleveland.

AKRON, Ohio — Drivers are being hit with another jump in gas prices throughout Northeast Ohio.

In Akron, gas prices have spiked 32.5 cents within the last week with the average cost now listed at $3.62 per gallon.

The new data, which was released early Monday morning by GasBuddy, also shows that Cleveland gas prices have increased 22.6 cents per gallon with the average cost now at $3.63. For context, that puts Cleveland’s gas prices 7.6 cents higher than one month ago and 61.2 cents more than this time last year.

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The national average – now listed at 3.67 per gallon – has seen a smaller increase within the last week of 3.2 cents.

"One of the longest gas price declines on record has finally come to an end after 14 weeks, with gas prices shooting up in several regions amidst myriad refinery issues from the West Coast to the Great Lakes and in between," said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. "I don't know that I've ever seen a wider gamut of price behaviors coast to coast in my career. A slew of unexpected refinery disruptions, including fires and routine maintenance, have seemingly all happened in a short span of time, causing wholesale gas prices to spike in areas of the West Coast, Great Lakes and Plains states -- and some of those areas could see prices spike another 25-75 cents per gallon or more until issues are worked out.”

Historical gasoline prices in Cleveland and the national average going back 10 years: 

  • September 26, 2021: $3.02/g (U.S. Average: $3.17/g)
  • September 26, 2020: $2.14/g (U.S. Average: $2.19/g)
  • September 26, 2019: $2.66/g (U.S. Average: $2.65/g)
  • September 26, 2018: $2.76/g (U.S. Average: $2.87/g)
  • September 26, 2017: $2.33/g (U.S. Average: $2.56/g)
  • September 26, 2016: $2.07/g (U.S. Average: $2.20/g)
  • September 26, 2015: $2.21/g (U.S. Average: $2.28/g)
  • September 26, 2014: $3.32/g (U.S. Average: $3.34/g)
  • September 26, 2013: $3.40/g (U.S. Average: $3.42/g)
  • September 26, 2012: $3.82/g (U.S. Average: $3.80/g)


Editor's note: Video in the player above was originally published in an unrelated story on Sept. 25, 2022.

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