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Gas prices in the Charlotte area have risen by about 16 cents per gallon in the span of a month, according to Gas Buddy.

MONROE — Gas prices are on the rise.

Prices in the Charlotte area rose an average of 8.2 cents per gallon over the past week, up to an average of $2.17 per gallon, according to a report by Gas Buddy. Gas prices in the Charlotte area are up 16 cents in the past month.

Across the state, gas prices are ranging from $1.89 per gallon up to $3.09 per gallon, Gas Buddy reports.

The average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline in the United States is now at $2.31, according to gasbuddy.com.

“With oil’s meteoric rally continuing, motorists continue to face gas prices that continue to advance; With a barrel of crude oil now at its highest level in nearly a year, there’s no where for gas prices to go but up,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis for Gas Buddy, in a statement. “In a normal year, this is the time we tend to see gas prices struggle, and according to Pay with GasBuddy data, gasoline demand is indeed seeing seasonal struggles, but that has not tempered the appetite of the market as many remain bullish over the continued rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine. How long we may be on this road relies on continued reduction in new COVID cases, but we may for the coming weeks seeing gas prices continuing their climb.”

The cheapest available gasoline in Monroe is $2.09 per gallon, according to gasbuddy.com. The five stations in Monroe selling gas under $2.10 per gallon as of Monday (Jan. 11) morning include: Circle K (2226 Lancaster Ave.), Quik Trip (603 W. Roosevelt Blvd.), BP (531 W. Roosevelt Blvd.), Marathon (1907 Old Charlotte Hwy) and Zoom Express (1114 Skyway Dr.).