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Charlotte-area gas prices rise 8 cents over the week

Average gas prices remain below $2 in some states including South Carolina. Auto group AAA says more states may see prices that low by Christmas.
Average gas prices remain below $2 in some states including South Carolina. Auto group AAA says more states may see prices that low by Christmas. mhames@charlotteobserver.com

Gas prices in the Charlotte area rose by an average of 8 cents over the last week, and prices statewide climbed 6 cents. Nationwide, prices at the pump rose 2 cents over the week.

As of early Tuesday, the average price of a gallon of unleaded gas was below $2 in six states, according to auto group AAA, which surveys 120,000 stations nationwide to determine average costs. South Carolina continues to boast the cheapest gas in the U.S.

In a recent report, auto group AAA said many regions are likely to experience temporarily higher gas prices because of refinery maintenance and a recent rise in crude oil costs.

“Gas prices likely will increase during the first half of November, but that trend might not last long,” Avery Ash, AAA spokesman, said in a monthly fuel report. “With any luck, we could still see average gas prices drop below $2 per gallon in more areas in time for Christmas.”

Below are the average prices in the Charlotte region, which includes Gastonia and Rock Hill, as well as statewide and nationwide.

Charlotte

North Carolina

South Carolina

National

Current

$2.13

$2.14

$1.95

$2.21

Week ago

$2.05

$2.08

$1.88

$2.19

Year ago

$2.80

$2.86

$2.68

$2.93

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta

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