AAA Carolinas reports the average price of gas in the state has jumped 15 cents in the past month.

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AAA Carolinas reports the average price of gas in the state has jumped 15 cents in the past month.

Gas prices jump 15 cents in North Carolina

The Associated Press

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CHARLOTTE — Motorists across North Carolina are hoping the oil industry will soon put the brakes on rising gasoline prices.

AAA Carolinas says the average price of gas in the state has jumped 15 cents in the last month from $3,38 on March 8 to $3.53 on Tuesday.

The auto club says North Carolinians are paying the highest price for gas since last July 27, when the state average was $3.54. After starting 2014 at $3.31, gas prices fell to a year-low of $3.28 on Feb. 8 before starting to rise.

Club president and CEO David E. Parsons says the spring is tough for drivers because that's the time when gas prices rise because of refinery maintenance. Parsons says the tightened supply across the country had led to the higher prices.

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