Gas prices in Northeast Ohio are slowly increasing once again with this week's local average being seven cents higher than last week's average.

This week, Northeast Ohio's average is $3.682 per gallon compared to last week's $3.611 per gallon. During this time last year, the local average was $3.167 per gallon. The national average this week is $3.76 per gallon.

Despite the increase locally, the national average is three cents lower than last week's. AAA cites tepid domestic gas demand and shifting global oil prices as the main reasons for this slight dip.

According to data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), demand for gas slightly rose from 8.68 million barrels per day to 8.93 million barrels per day last week. 

Total domestic gasoline stocks decreased from 209.4 million barrels to 207.9 million barrels. Although demand is up slightly, it remains nearly 400,000 barrels lower than this time last year.

Fluctuating oil prices and low demand contributed to this dip.

At the close of Friday's formal trading session, West Texas Intermediate decreased by $1.18 to settle at $87.90. A lower dollar contributed to price increases earlier last week.

However, market concerns about global crude demand after China announced more COVID-19 lockdowns sent prices lower at the end of the week.