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Gas prices continue to fall

COLUMBUS (AP) — Gas prices around Ohio have dipped further as the partial shutdown of the federal government enters its second week.

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Motorists dispense fuel into their vehicles this morning at Speedway, 329 S. Main St. The price of gas remains on a steady decline and has dipped to $3.02 in Bellefontaine for unleaded gasoline. (EXAMINER PHOTO | NATE SMITH)

A gallon of regular gas was averaging $3.22 in Ohio in today’s survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That’s 11 cents cheaper than a week ago and 54 cents less than a year ago.

Locally, gas was found at $3.02 a gallon in Bellefontaine.

Today’s national average was about $3.35, a nickel less than a week ago. It’s 46 cents cheaper than the national average at this time last year.

Of the cities surveyed in the Lower 48 states, St. Louis has the nation’s lowest average price for gas at $3.01. San Francisco has the highest at $3.88.

In California, the lowest average price was $3.74 in Sacramento. The average statewide for a gallon of regular was $3.83, a drop of 14 cents.

The downward trend is expected to continue if the budget impasse and government shutdown drag on, reducing demand for energy and resulting in lower fuel prices.

That would be a boon for drivers but also signal a weak economy.

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