By Jim Mackinnon
Beacon Journal business writer
The price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline has fallen below $3 at stations in the Greater Akron area.
The average price per gallon Monday in the Akron metro area was $3.03 a gallon, according to the latest available information from AAA.
The website AkronGasPrices.com, part of the website GasBuddy.com, showed service stations Monday in the Akron area with prices as low as $2.83 to $2.89 a gallon. GasBuddy.com relies on drivers to report in the prices they see; AAA uses daily, early morning credit-card charge figures.
The Ohio average was $3.08 a gallon while the national average was $3.19, according to AAA.
Of Ohio’s major metropolitan areas on Monday, only Toledo had an average price per gallon below $3 — at $2.97.
Akron-area gasoline prices are down from an average of $3.32 a gallon a month ago and $3.36 a gallon a year ago.
The average price per gallon of regular gas peaked at $4.10 a gallon on May 4, 2011, according to AAA.
Gasoline prices are lower in other parts of the country, too. The AAA said the nationwide average for a gallon of gasoline is now $3.19, down 16 cents from a month ago and 25 cents cheaper than at this time last year.
Springfield, Mo., is the city with the cheapest gas, at $2.76.