Higher Gas Prices Could Indicate A Strong Economy

Andy Chow - Statehouse News Bureau

Updated Wed, Jun 25, 2014 3:24 pm

The average cost for a gallon of self-serve unleaded gas in Ohio now hovers around $3.70, according to GasBuddy.com - and analysts predict that amount will jump up soon.

It’s a common trend around this time of year as many families plan their summer vacation.

Ohio University’s Scott Miller is the director of a consortium encompassing energy, economics and the environment. He said, among several other variables, these prices can be a sign of a stronger economy.

“When the economy is really rockin’ you’re looking at a lot more transportation, a lot more vehicle miles driven, a lot more demand at the pump and therefore greater demand equals greater prices," Miller said.

Of course the political climate in the Middle East also has a hand in gas prices.

Miller added this is a time when producers are trying to meet the sweet spot where supply can equal the demand so prices don’t go too high.