CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Notice higher prices at the pump? You aren't imagining it.
According to GasBuddy.com's daily survey of 3,028 gas outlets in the state, the average retail price has risen 10.6 cents per gallon in the past week. This brings the statewide average to $2.38 per gallon, up 14.1 cents from just one month ago.
"The jump at the pump has continued unabated over the last week as oil prices have rallied and the typical spring fever starts to grip energy markets, causing gas prices to continue to accelerate," head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy Patrick DeHaan said in a statement. "The Great Lakes led the region as the region cycled one step closer to the final summer-spec gasoline in the last week, and with the change, a price rise that was passed on from the wholesale to retail level, pushing their prices to tie for the highest prices in a couple years. Much of the rest of the country also saw prices rise, albeit a tamer rise. As March wraps up, gas prices are going out like a small lion, but there may be a larger lion looming in the weeks ahead. The surge at the pump is by no means over just yet."
The $2.38 per gallon mark is the highest price for late March in South Carolina since 2014 when the average was $3.24 per gallon.