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Charlotte-area gas prices continue to drop

Traffic on I-77 North of Charlotte looking south from the Highway 21 bridge in a January file photo.
Traffic on I-77 North of Charlotte looking south from the Highway 21 bridge in a January file photo. Charlotte Observer

Gas prices in the Charlotte area continued to fall over the week and remain below the $2 a gallon mark.

As of early Tuesday, the average price of a gallon of unleaded gas in the Charlotte metro had fallen 2 cents over the week, according to auto group AAA. The average price in North Carolina was flat over the week, and in South Carolina, it fell by 2 cents. The national average price fell by a penny over the week.

Abundant gasoline supplies have helped keep prices down nationwide despite the high demand during the busy summer months, AAA has said.

But last week, the U.S. Department of Energy reported the largest gas supply decline since April (3.3 million barrels), which helped reverse the price decline in some parts of the country, AAA said in a report this week.

Below are the average gas prices in the Charlotte area, which includes Rock Hill and Gastonia, in the Carolinas and nationwide. AAA surveys 120,000 stations nationwide to determine average prices.

Charlotte

North Carolina

South Carolina

U.S.

Current

$1.95

$2.00

$1.82

$2.12

Week ago

$1.97

$2.00

$1.84

$2.13

Year ago

$2.45

$2.42

$2.21

$2.60

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