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Charlotte-area gas prices up slightly over last week

Sunday evening traffic on I-77 near the Clanton Road exit on Dec. 21,2014.
Sunday evening traffic on I-77 near the Clanton Road exit on Dec. 21,2014. rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

Gas prices held relatively steady in the region and across the nation over the past week, stalling the week-over-week price declines that drivers have been enjoying in recent months.

Thanks to cheaper crude oil prices and ample gas supplies, drivers across the U.S. are still saving at least $1 per gallon of unleaded gasoline over last year. As of early Tuesday, Charlotte drivers are paying about a cent more per gallon than last week but are still saving $1.11 per gallon compared with this time last year, according to auto group AAA.

The national average price of gas should move lower in coming months since demand for gas declines during the fall and winter, said AAA, which surveys 120,000 gas stations nationwide to determine average prices.

California drivers pay the most for gas of any state. New Jersey drivers pay the least, with average prices there just fractions of a cent cheaper than in South Carolina.

Here are the average prices regionally and nationally. The Charlotte metro area includes Gastonia and Rock Hill.

Charlotte

North Carolina

South Carolina

National

Current

$2.12

$2.14

$1.96

$2.29

Week ago

$2.11

$2.14

$1.96

$2.29

Year ago

$3.23

$3.24

$3.06

$3.29

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta

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