COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio motorists are seeing lower gas prices this week and are paying less than the national average.
The state average for a gallon of regular gas was $3.56 in Monday's survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and Wright Express. That's 9 cents lower than last week.
The Ohio price is 11 cents below the national average of $3.67, which is 6 cents higher than the national average a week ago.
Analysts expect further increases in pump prices this summer as greater demand, unrest in Egypt and production disruptions in the U.S. and other countries push up the price of crude oil and gasoline.
The cheapest average gas price in Ohio Monday was $3.47 in the Toledo area.
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Ohioans whose wallets are lighter after a weekend of holiday shopping will at least pay a little less for gas to start the week.
Gas is up 7 cents from last week, and it's 17 cents higher than two weeks ago, when prices started to rise following a brief flirtation with $3.00-a-gallon levels.