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Charlotte area gas prices fall 6 cents over the past week

Traffic rolls south on I-77 towards Charlotte on June 23. North Carolina motorists are now paying on average 98 cents a gallon less than they did a year ago, according to auto group AAA.
Traffic rolls south on I-77 towards Charlotte on June 23. North Carolina motorists are now paying on average 98 cents a gallon less than they did a year ago, according to auto group AAA. jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

Gas prices across the U.S. fell again over the last week, and North Carolina motorists are now paying on average 98 cents a gallon less than they did a year ago.

According to auto group AAA, gas prices nationwide have been dropping for 27 days straight as of early Tuesday. In the Charlotte metro area, which includes Gastonia and Rock Hill, the average price of a gallon of unleaded gas fell 6 cents from last week.

South Carolina has the cheapest gas in the U.S., and drivers there can expect to pay at least 20 cents a gallon less than in North Carolina.

Here are the gas prices in our region and nationwide. To determine average prices, AAA surveys 120,000 gas stations across the U.S.

Charlotte

North Carolina

South Carolina

National

Current

$2.43

$2.40

$2.19

$2.58

Week ago

$2.49

$2.47

$2.26

$2.64

Year ago

$3.36

$3.39

$3.18

$3.48

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta

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