Georgia, South Carolina gas prices show a substantial jump

Tiffany Wright with AAA says this year drivers will be experiencing the highest gas prices on...
Tiffany Wright with AAA says this year drivers will be experiencing the highest gas prices on record for the holiday weekend. Although you can't change the price at the pump, AAA recommends mapping out your stops to get the cheapest gas possible and following their tips to conserve it.(Gray)
Published: Jan. 23, 2023 at 10:50 AM EST
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - Gas prices showed a sharp spike in the past week across the CSRA.

The average price in Georgia is $3.26 per gallon, up from $3.07 a week ago, according to AAA.

Augusta’s gas price average as of Monday is $3.27, up from $3.07 a week earlier, according to AAA.

Georgia restored its 30-cent-per-gallon fuel tax, which had been on hold since gas prices spiked after Russia invaded Ukraine.

Since the suspension began, Georgia’s average gas price has consistently remained one of the lowest in the nation and is currently $2.92 per gallon of regular gas, 40 cents below the national average, according to AAA.

Meanwhile, the average in South Carolina is $3.17, up 17 cents from last week.

According to AAA, Aiken and Edgefield counties’ gas prices are also at the average of $3.17, but only 13 cents in the past week.

According to AAA, the national average gas price has gone up 12 cents to $3.42.

“The good news as of late has been the continued decline in average diesel prices, which fell over a penny per day last week,” said Patrick De Haan, a petroleum analyst at GasBuddy. “Oil prices have seen a bit of a rally, finishing last week at nearly $80 per barrel again as Chinese demand starts to jump as expected.”

De Haan says a rise in COVID cases and deaths in China could slow the jump in demand there.