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Gas prices surge in Northeast Ohio: Up nearly 30 cents in Akron, 20 cents in Cleveland

The average price for a gallon of gas now stands near $3.60 in Cleveland and Akron.

AKRON, Ohio — Ouch. Gas prices have spiked throughout Northeast Ohio.

In Akron, drivers are now paying an average of $3.59 per gallon after prices jumped 29.7 cents within the last week, according to new data released by GasBuddy early Monday.

Cleveland’s average price climbed 19.8 cents to $3.57 per gallon. Despite this increase, GasBuddy says the city’s average 3.4 cents cheaper than a month ago and 71.2 cents lower than a year ago.

LIST & MAP: Where to find the cheapest gas prices near you

The national average saw a much smaller change -- only rising 0.4 cents per gallon within the last week -- to $3.51. That’s down 14.9 cents from a month ago and 95.6 cents less than a year ago.

"With oil prices bouncing back over $70 per barrel after reaching as low as $66 in early May, we've seen gasoline prices move higher in some states, while others have continued to decline,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. “The national average has seen little change as a result, but overall, gasoline prices continue to see significant relief from year ago levels. We're likely to soon see gasoline prices slip to their largest year on year deficit since COVID hit, when prices fell over $1 per gallon from 2019. So the relief at the pump has been significant, and even though the gas price decline hit pause last week, it's looking more likely that barring a major hurricane or series of refinery outages, the national average may not end up hitting the $4 per gallon mark -- something that will make most motorists very happy.”

Here are historical gasoline prices in Cleveland and the national average going back 10 years:

  • May 15, 2022: $4.28/g (U.S. Average: $4.46/g)
  • May 15, 2021: $2.87/g (U.S. Average: $3.04/g)
  • May 15, 2020: $1.88/g (U.S. Average: $1.86/g)
  • May 15, 2019: $2.70/g (U.S. Average: $2.86/g)
  • May 15, 2018: $2.83/g (U.S. Average: $2.89/g)
  • May 15, 2017: $2.19/g (U.S. Average: $2.33/g)
  • May 15, 2016: $2.25/g (U.S. Average: $2.22/g)
  • May 15, 2015: $2.61/g (U.S. Average: $2.70/g)
  • May 15, 2014: $3.71/g (U.S. Average: $3.64/g)
  • May 15, 2013: $3.71/g (U.S. Average: $3.59/g)

Editor's note: Video in the player above was originally published in an unrelated story on Feb. 20, 2023.

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