AAA: Price of gas to continue to rise

Staff report

Gas prices have reversed their course and started to rise in price once again, according to AAA this week.

The AAA said the rise in price was because of multiple concerns, which included concerns that less Russian oil will be entering the market as well as fears of a “COVID-induced economic slowdown in China,” which AAA said is the world’s leading oil consumer.

“As long as the price of oil stays elevated, the price at the pump will struggle to fall,” Andrew Gross, AAA spokesperson, said. “Consumers may be catching a little break from March’s record-high prices, but don’t expect any dramatic drops.”

The release said new information from the Energy Information (EIA) said its total domestic gasoline stocks decreased by almost 1 million barrels (bbl) to 232.3 million bbl. It also said demand slightly increased from 8.73 million barrels per day (b/d) to 8.86 million b/d.

AAA said the “fluctuating” oil price continues to be the main factor in pump prices despite how supply and demand factors “typically” support the elevated pump prices.

AAA said Ohio had the 37th highest gas price of all of the states in the country plus Washington, D.C. Ohio’s average price per gallon was $3.660 as of Tuesday. That is a decrease from one week ago when the price per gallon was $3.773, according to AAA.

One month ago, the average price was $4.028.

Staff report