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Charlotte-area gas prices climb slightly over the week

A Massachusetts gas station attendant pumps gas in this May 2015 file photo.
A Massachusetts gas station attendant pumps gas in this May 2015 file photo. AP

Charlotte-area gas prices ticked up slightly over the week, while nationally prices climbed the most they have all year.

The average cost of a gallon of unleaded gas in the Charlotte region rose by about a penny since last week, according to auto group AAA. The average North Carolina price also rose about 1 cent, while the average U.S. price jumped about 5 cents.

U.S. oil refineries typically undergo maintenance starting around this time of the year, though some have adjusted their schedules because of lower-than-expected prices, AAA said in a report this week. Some refineries have also cut production because of abundant oil supplies.

But because oil prices are so low right now and because supplies are abundant, gas prices should remain relatively low in the coming months, AAA said.

Below are the average costs of a gallon of unleaded gas in the Charlotte region, which includes Rock Hill and Gastonia, and beyond. AAA surveys 120,000 gas stations nationwide to determine average prices.

Charlotte

North Carolina

South Carolina

U.S.

Current

$1.69

$1.73

$1.56

$1.81

Week ago

$1.68

$1.72

$1.54

$1.76

Year ago

$2.33

$2.35

$2.16

$2.45

Katherine Peralta: 704-358-5079, @katieperalta

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