Columbus-area gas costing more, national average price down

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- While the national average price for gasoline dropped a bit, the cost of a gallon of unleaded around central Ohio jumped dramatically in the past week. shows the average for a gallon of gas in Columbus is up 24 cents in the past week, averaging $2.44 a gallon.

By comparison, the national average has fallen 1.6 cents a gallon in the past week to $2.45.

Ohio's average price is $2.40 as of Monday morning, according to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report. That's 13 cents higher than a week ago.

"For the fifth straight week, the national average gasoline price has moved lower", says Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis for

DeHaan says that's not unusual, heading into the peak of the fall season.

"While prices nationally remain an average of 20 cents higher than a year ago, we'll likely continue to see improvement at the pump into a sixth week as supply outpaces demand and gasoline inventories continue their slow recovery as we soon close out an active hurricane season", DeHaan says.

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