Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- As oil prices continue surging to new highs for this year, gasoline prices in Ohio are also rising.
The statewide average for regular jumped 18 cents in the last week to about $2.80 a gallon, according to auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and Wright Express.
Ohio pump prices are up nearly 65 cents from just one month ago, when regular was averaging $2.05 per gallon around the state.
Still, Ohio motorists are paying much less than they were last year at this time, when the average was $3.96.
Prices for oil have almost doubled from below $35 a barrel in March as investors have taken heart from signs that the severe recession in the U.S. is slowing.
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