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Gas prices in the Charlotte area fall 5 cents over the week

In this June 26, 2015 file photo, heavy traffic moves away from and toward the downtown area of Nashville, Tenn.
In this June 26, 2015 file photo, heavy traffic moves away from and toward the downtown area of Nashville, Tenn. AP

Gas prices in the Charlotte area and the rest of the U.S. keep falling as the supply of oil continues to exceed the demand for it.

The average cost of a gallon of unleaded gas in the Charlotte region fell by 5 cents over the week, according to auto group AAA. In North Carolina, prices fell by 3 cents and nationally, average prices also dropped by 3 cents.

South Carolina remains one of the states with the cheapest gas in the country, and average prices there fell 2 cents over the week. It’s one of 10 states where the average price of gas is at or below the $1.75 a gallon level.

According to AAA, 36 states are now paying on average less than $2 a gallon. The national average price of gas is now the lowest it has been since March 2009, AAA said in a report this week.

Below are the average costs for a gallon of unleaded gas locally and nationally according to AAA, which surveys 120,000 stations nationwide to determine average prices.

Charlotte

North Carolina

South Carolina

U.S.

Current

$1.87

$1.90

$1.72

$1.96

Week ago

$1.92

$1.93

$1.74

$1.99

Year ago

$2.15

$2.22

$1.96

$2.13

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta

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