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BELLEVUE — Gas prices in the region rose over 28 cents over the weekend, jumping to $2.59 per gallon, according to prices reported to GasBuddy.com.

The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline was $2.59 on Tuesday, up over 34 cents from last month’s average. Still, it’s 20 cents lower than last year’s average.

In Ohio, the average price went up almost 14 cents per gallon to $2.51. Most prices locally were just slightly higher than the state average.

“With crude oil prices rallying over the past 6 weeks, reaching the highest point that we’ve seen since November before Friday’s close, we should expect wholesale and retail gasoline prices to rise further,” said Gregg Laskoski, senior petroleum analyst for GasBuddy.

The lowest prices in the region were $2.36 in Seneca County on Tuesday afternoon, followed by Erie, Huron and Sandusky counties all reporting $2.49 per gallon.

Locally, all of the gas stations were showing the same price — $2.59. Discounts were being offered at Bassett’s Petroleum for those who Bassett’s gas points and Circle K was offering discounts for rewards members.

Nationally, the average increased just 1.7 cents to just over $2.30 per gallon — making Ohio the seventh most expensive state to buy gasoline. California was reporting the highest gas prices in the United States averaging $2.80 per gallon.

“The good news for consumers is that even with the recent increases in the price at the pump, on average we’re still paying about 45 cents less per gallon this year versus last.”

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By Amber Hatten

ahatten@civitasmedia.com

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