AKRON, Ohio — There has been another jump in gas prices across Northeast Ohio, leaving both Akron and Cleveland above the national average.
Akron drivers are now experiencing an average of $3.49 per gallon after prices at the pump increased by 15.2 cents within the last week, according to new data released by GasBuddy early Monday.
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In Cleveland, gas prices have climbed 9.4 cents, bringing the city’s average to $3.47 per gallon. That puts Cleveland’s prices 62.6 cents higher than a month ago and 38.6 cents more than a year ago.
These price changes come as the national average now stands at $3.39 per gallon after rising 11.3 cents.
"Gasoline prices continued their upward trajectory last week as oil prices pulled them higher across the majority of the country, and continued refinery challenges kept supply of gasoline from rising more substantially," said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. "Macroeconomic factors have continued to weigh on oil and refined products, as strong demand in China hasn't been slowed much by a surge in new COVID cases. In addition, releases of crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve have wrapped up. Concerns are increasing that without additional oil, supply will tighten in the weeks ahead, especially as the nation starts to move away from softer demand in the height of winter. Moving forward, it doesn't look good for motorists, with prices likely to continue accelerating."
Take a look at historical gasoline prices in Cleveland and the national average going back 10 years:
- January 23, 2022: $3.09/g (U.S. Average: $3.32/g)
- January 23, 2021: $2.33/g (U.S. Average: $2.39/g)
- January 23, 2020: $2.50/g (U.S. Average: $2.54/g)
- January 23, 2019: $2.12/g (U.S. Average: $2.29/g)
- January 23, 2018: $2.41/g (U.S. Average: $2.55/g)
- January 23, 2017: $2.16/g (U.S. Average: $2.30/g)
- January 23, 2016: $1.61/g (U.S. Average: $1.83/g)
- January 23, 2015: $1.92/g (U.S. Average: $2.03/g)
- January 23, 2014: $3.33/g (U.S. Average: $3.28/g)
- January 23, 2013: $3.28/g (U.S. Average: $3.31/g)\
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