Area gasoline prices rise amid high demand

WARREN — Heading into the final week of the year, consumers are being met with increased gas prices at their local fuel pumps.

In the Warren-Youngstown area on Tuesday, the cost of a regular gallon of gasoline averaged $2.37, according to AAA.

That’s up from $2.26 the same day last week, but down from $2.42 a month ago. The same time last year the cost of regular gasoline averaged $2.27 a gallon.

The price hikes in some states, at least in part, can be attributed to the increase in driving demand as more motorists hit the road for the holidays, the national auto club reported.

Despite the incremental jump, motorists in 33 states on Tuesday were paying less on the week — as much as nine cents.

Ohio was among the top 10 states with the largest weekly changes, posting an increase of 16 cents.

The average cost of a gallon of gas in the state on Tuesday was $2.40, up from $2.24 the same day last week. The price was down from $2.44 a month ago, but up from $2.38 the same time last year.

The national average was $2.44, an increase of two cents on the week and 15 cents per gallon higher than a year ago. Tuesday’s national average compared to $2.42 the same day last week; $2.51 the prior month; and $2.29 the same day last year.

The cheapest gas was found in Alabama at $2.17, while Hawaii, at $3.29, sold the most expensive.

“The majority of motorists have seen savings at the pump this month. The national gas price average is over five cents cheaper than the beginning of December,” said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson.