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Gas prices in the United States are up $1.22 per gallon of unleaded when compared to this time last year.

MONROE — The average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline in North Carolina, as of Monday (Oct. 25), has reached $3.23 — up nearly 14 cents per gallon over the past week — according to a report from gasbuddy.com, a free service designed to help drivers find the best gasoline prices in their area.

The national average gas price is up to $3.36 per gallon as of Monday, according to the report. A year ago, the average price for unleaded gas in the U.S. was $2.25 per gallon.

“Gas prices continued to soar in a majority of the nation over the last week as oil’s meteoric rise pulls gasoline and other refined product prices higher. But, there may be some light at the end of the tunnel,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy, in a statement. “The sharp rise we’ve seen over the last three weeks should begin slowing down soon, barring another jump in the price of oil.

“This is because gasoline prices have now largely caught up to the jump in oil that started nearly a month ago. This isn’t an all clear for the future, however, as oil prices could rise again at any time. But for now, oil has held around $83 per barrel, and without a further climb, gas price increases should slow down soon in the bulk of the nation.”

The cheapest gas prices in Union County, as of Oct. 24, is $2.99 per gallon at an Exxon station in Waxhaw (1025 Aspinal St.) and Fast Food Mart in Hemby Bridge (2525 Lawyers Rd. W). The cheapest price in Indian Trail is $3.09 at a Shell Station (6732 Old Monroe Rd.) and Monroe’s cheapest gas is $3.11 at Pilot (2700 Chamber Dr.).