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Gas Prices Slightly Down For Memorial Day Holiday Weekend

With the Memorial Day holiday weekend upon us, North Carolinians are paying a little less for gas than a month ago. Additionally, prices remain nearly a quarter below the national average.

According to published reports, the statewide average as this week started, according to the American Automobile Association, was $3.35 per gallon for regular unleaded gasoline. A month ago it was $3.37. The national average is $3.59, down from $3.66 a month ago. Diesel fuel is an average of $3.87 per gallon. That’s down from $3.94 a month ago and near last year’s $3.84 on the same date. The national average is $3.92.

North Carolina this year taxes gasoline at 40.5 cents per gallon, up 2 cents from last year and the seventh-highest in the country. States higher are Pennsylvania, California, Washington, Illinois, Maryland, and New Jersey. Diesel tax in North Carolina, at 40 cents per gallon is 10th behind only Pennsylvania, Indiana, Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey and Washington, Ohio, Maryland, and California.

Among 14 major metro areas, unleaded gas is the least expensive in New Bern ($3.22) and most expensive in Durham-Chapel Hill ($3.45). Diesel is most consumer-friendly ($3.76) in Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton.