State gas prices fluctuated dramatically over the past week. The national average held relatively flat, and local prices in Charlotte and statewide fell slightly.
As of early Tuesday, the average price of a gallon of unleaded gas in the Charlotte area is $2.619, which is down almost 2 cents from this time last week and still about 89 cents cheaper than one year ago, according to auto group AAA.
North Carolina’s current statewide average gas price is $2.622 a gallon, down about 2 cents from last week and about 90 cents cheaper than it was at this time in 2014. At $2.407 a gallon, South Carolina has the cheapest gas in the U.S.
Nationwide, a gallon of gas is $2.775, up just over a penny from last week. The current national average price is almost 84 cents cheaper than it was at this time last year.
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In a report this week, AAA said the steady national average price obscures “dramatic weekly price movement” over the last seven days in several states, including in California, where tighter gas supplies caused prices to rise 28 cents, and in Indiana, where average gas prices fell 12 cents. Week over week, though, average gas prices are down in 30 states.
Global crude oil prices, pulled down by the uncertainty of the Greek debt crisis and diplomatic negotiations with Iran, are putting downward pressure on gas prices across the U.S., AAA said.