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Gas prices have gone up another nickel on the week across North Carolina and most motorists are paying more at the pump than they were this time last year.

North Carolina’s $2.46 average is up five cents on the week, 19 cents on the month and is two cents more than this time last year.

According to GasBuddy.com, local gas prices are currently ranging from about $2.39 to $2.49.

“Since early February, gasoline demand has been steadily increasing while stocks have been gradually decreasing causing more expensive pump prices across the country,” said Tiffany Wright, AAA Carolinas spokesperson. “This week, we officially passed last year’s prices.”

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