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Ohio drivers see higher gas prices as week begins

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gas prices in Ohio are higher to start the work week, but the state's motorists are still paying less than the national average.

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FILE - In this June 11, 2013, file photo, a motorist puts fuel in his car's gas tank at a service station in Springfield, Ill. American motorists are bracing for further increases in gas pump prices this summer after average national prices rose 12 cents in the past week alone. AAA says drivers are experiencing "sticker shock" as increased summer demand, unrest in Egypt and production disruptions in the U.S. and other countries push up the price of crude oil and gasoline. The national average price for regular unleaded gasoline was $3.67 a gallon on Friday, July 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

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 12 cents higher than last week and 31 cents lower than a year ago.

The Ohio price is about a nickel below the national average of $3.61, which is down 2 cents from the national average a week ago.

Oil rose above $107 a barrel Monday after a disappointing U.S. jobs report made it more likely the Federal Reserve will continue its stimulus program beyond September.

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