MONROE – Gas prices in the United States averaged $ 3.20 per gallon – their highest level in seven years – after the national average rose 2 cents per gallon on Monday (Oct. 4), according to gasprices. aaa. com.
“Global economic uncertainty and supply chain problems caused by the persistent COVID-19 pandemic could play a role in keeping crude oil prices high,” said Andrew Gross, spokesperson for the AAA, in a statement released on Monday. “But, there might be some relief on the horizon due to the news that OPEC and its allies may speed up production increases faster than expected.”
The national average of $ 3.20 per gallon is up $ 1.02 from the same period last year, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA).
The average price of $ 3.01 for a gallon of gasoline in North Carolina is about 19 cents lower than the national average, according to AAA, and the average price in Union County hovers around 2.90 $.
In Union County, gasbuddy.com reports that four stores are tied for the cheapest gasoline, which is $ 2.77, including: BP (1004 N. Charlotte Ave. in Monroe), Exxon & Circle K (1692 W. Franklin St. in Monroe), Murphy USA (14049 Independence Blvd. in Indian Trail) and QuikTrip (5650 W. US-74 in Indian Trail).