Local gas prices jump 10 cents in a week, 25 cents since a month ago

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - People in northwest Ohio are paying a quarter more per gallon of gas since last month, according to AAA’s Weekly Gas Price Report.

The Toledo area has seen a ten cent increase is just a week as well.

As a whole, Ohio is averaging 32-cents more this month compared to last.

“Historically, early spring triggers an increase in pump prices due to an increase in demand as Americans put the winter blues behind them and drive more," said Kara Hitchens, AAA spokesperson. "Another factor pumping up the price is the switchover to summer-blend gasoline, which is more expensive for refiners to produce."

At $2.74, the national gas price average increased a nickel on the week and is eight cents more than last year at this time. Gas prices went up 28 cents across the country since March.

The highest prices of the year are expected in May.