Gas prices in Charlotte and statewide are inching up but remain cheaper than the national average and well below their levels one year ago.
As of early Tuesday, the price of a gallon of unleaded gas in the Charlotte metro area cost $2.322 on average, which is up from $2.257 a week ago, according to auto group AAA. Still, the area’s gas prices are about $1.30 cheaper per gallon compared with this time last year.
In North Carolina, gas is $2.361, up from $2.267 a week ago and about $1.27 less than a year ago. The U.S. average price of gas is $2.464 a gallon, up from $2.386 at this time last week. The national price is about $1.20 cheaper than it was last year.
South Carolina drivers still have the cheapest gas in the country at $2.222 a gallon.
In a report Monday, AAA said prices at the pump have risen nationwide because of a sharp rise in crude oil costs. Scheduled and unscheduled maintenance at U.S. oil refineries could also continue to affect prices heading into the busy summer driving season, AAA said.