Gas prices in North Carolina inching back up, national diesel price down slightly

Published 8:04 am Monday, January 2, 2023

Average gasoline prices in North Carolina have risen 11.2 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $2.99 per gallon Monday, January 2, 2023, according to GasBuddy’s survey of 6,092 stations in North Carolina. Prices in North Carolina are 15.3 cents per gallon lower than a month ago and stand 6.5 cents per gallon lower than a year ago. The national average price of diesel has fallen 1.4 cents in the last week and stands at $4.67 per gallon.

According to GasBuddy price reports, the cheapest station in North Carolina was priced at $2.43 per gallon Sunday while the most expensive was $4.69 per gallon, a difference of $2.26 per gallon.

The national average price of gasoline has risen 12.3 cents per gallon in the last week, averaging $3.17 per gallon Monday. The national average is down 22.5 cents per gallon from a month ago and stands 9.5 cents per gallon lower than a year ago, according to GasBuddy data compiled from more than 11 million weekly price reports covering over 150,000 gas stations across the country.

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Historical gasoline prices in North Carolina and the national average going back 10 years:
January 2, 2022: $3.05 per gallon (U.S. average: $3.26 per gallon)
January 2, 2021: $2.10 per gallon (U.S. average: $2.25 per gallon)
January 2, 2020: $2.45 per gallon (U.S. average: $2.59 per gallon)
January 2, 2019: $2.12 per gallon (U.S. average: $2.25 per gallon)
January 2, 2018: $2.36 per gallon (U.S. average: $2.49 per gallon)
January 2, 2017: $2.26 per gallon (U.S. average: $2.34 per gallon)
January 2, 2016: $1.92 per gallon (U.S. average: $1.99 per gallon)
January 2, 2015: $2.30 per gallon (U.S. average: $2.21 per gallon)
January 2, 2014: $3.30 per gallon (U.S. average: $3.32 per gallon)
January 2, 2013: $3.30 per gallon (U.S. average: $3.28 per gallon)

Selected areas around the state and their current gas prices:
Fayetteville ­– $2.98 per gallon, up 19.9 cents per gallon from last week’s $2.78 per gallon.
Charlotte – $2.97 per gallon, up 8.1 cents per gallon from last week’s $2.89 per gallon.
Greensboro – $2.97 per gallon, up 10.7 cents per gallon from last week’s $2.86 per gallon.

“For the first time in two months, the nation’s average price of gasoline rose sharply last week, as extremely cold weather led to many refinery issues, shutting down over a million barrels of refining capacity, pushing wholesale prices up,” said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. “In addition, China’s reopening plans gave markets inspiration that global oil demand will start to recover, as China’s nearly three year Covid-zero policies appear to be coming to an end. While the jump at the pump will likely be temporary as most refiners get back online after cold-weather related issues, some regions like the Rockies may see more price increases than others as cold-weather shutdowns hit the region fairly hard, with one refinery likely remaining down through the first quarter of 2023. Most areas have seen the bulk of the rise already hit, but should oil continue to rally, more increases could be on the way.”

GasBuddy data is accessible at prices.GasBuddy.com.

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