COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) --Columbus-area gasoline prices now average $3.74 a gallon, up just over three cents a gallon in the past week, according to's daily survey of 500 gas outlets in Columbus.

Ohio's average price, at $3.72 per gallon, is unchanged from a week ago, according to AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report.

Compared to a year ago, Columbus drivers are paying 13.7 cents a gallon less than they were a year ago and 2.6 cents less than a month ago.

"The drop that we had observed in the national average weeks ago took a pause over the last week," said Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan.

"Oil prices have perked back up, and some supply tightness across areas of the country helped propel wholesale gasoline prices higher last week, leading retail prices to hold steady instead of continuing to decline", DeHaan said.

DeHaan believes the temporary stability in the national average will ebb over the next week or two, and gas prices will head down again as the Memorial Day holiday draws near.