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Columbus drivers struggle with pump price

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Gas prices in Columbus have eased over the last week after an increase being blamed on supply problems.

According to a daily survey from the AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and Wright Express, the average retail price of regular gasoline in Columbus Friday morning was $3.86 a gallon, 15 cents lower than one week ago.

Nevertheless, Ohio was one of only six states whose average price exceeded the price one month earlier. The statewide average price was 14 cents higher and the Columbus price was 13 cents higher than on April 10.

The half-dozen Great Lakes states were an exception to a downward trend because the transition to summer-blend gasoline and heavy rains triggered supply concerns, AAA public relations manager Michael Green said.

A broader increase was supported by higher global crude oil prices, driven upward by signs of economic recovery, Green said.

Motorists can take some comfort in knowing that they have passed the season when prices have set records in recent years. In 2011 the national average for regular unleaded gasoline peaked at $3.98 on May 5 and at $4.18 on May 4 in Columbus. In 2012, the national average price hit $3.94 on April 5 and 6 and $3.96 on March 27 and again on Sept. 13.

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