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Charlotte-area gas prices are starting to rise

Interstate 485 looking East from Nations Ford Road Road, on Dec. 17, 2014.
Interstate 485 looking East from Nations Ford Road Road, on Dec. 17, 2014. The Charlotte Observer

As they did nationwide, Charlotte-area gas prices started rising over the last week as seasonal oil refinery maintenance gets underway.

As of early Tuesday, the average price of a gallon of unleaded gas in Charlotte had risen 3 cents over the last week, according to auto group AAA. In both North Carolina and South Carolina, prices had increased by 4 cents, and the national average price rose 5 cents.

Refineries typically conduct maintenance this time of year to prepare for the busy summer driving season, AAA said in a report this week. Also, some refineries cut production in response to abundant supplies.

Average gas prices have moved up by about 3 cents in 30 states and Washington, D.C., over the last week, AAA figures show. Still, prices locally and nationally remain discounted from both month-ago and year-ago levels thanks to abundant supplies of gas and low oil costs.

Below are the current average gas prices for the Charlotte region and beyond. AAA surveys 120,000 stations nationwide to determine average prices.

Charlotte

North Carolina

South Carolina

U.S.

Current

$1.68

$1.72

$1.54

$1.76

Week ago

$1.65

$1.68

$1.50

$1.71

Year ago

$2.29

$2.31

$2.12

$2.41

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