After weeks of sliding downward the onset of summer is helping to driving local gasoline prices up again, just within reach of the busy Memorial Day travel weekend.
GasBuddy.com reports average prices are up 13.8 center per gallon, to an average $3.79 a gallon. The national average increased 8.9 cents on the same period. Prices locally are higher than a year ago, and higher than just a month ago.
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(GasBuddy.com) Average retail gasoline prices in Akron have risen 13.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.79/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 372 gas outlets in Akron. This compares with the national average that has increased 8.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.67/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com.
Including the change in gas prices in Akron during the past week, prices yesterday were 14.9 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 15.1 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 16.6 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 3.0 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.
"The last seven days have delivered some shocks at the pump for motorists in the nation's Midwest," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "I don't believe I've ever seen gasoline prices in the Midwest surpass California- areas of Nebraska, Minnesota, Oklahoma, North and South Dakota, and Kansas- have done that. Gas price records in these areas aren't being quietly replaced, they're being blown out of the water. I don't believe I've ever seen such crazy trends in gasoline prices occur all at one- prices spiking in one area, falling in another, and holding steady in others. What we're seeing today is certainly rare," DeHaan said.