Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The weekly gas prices update from ColumbiaGasPrices.com shows a continued drop in retail gasoline prices in the area.
The average price has dropped 4.8 cents per gallon locally, with an average price per gallon of $3.05. Compared to the national average price drop of 3.2 cents to $3.46 per gallon.
Including last week's change in price, Columbia's gas was 13.6 cents lower than the same day a year ago, and 43.2 cents per gallon lower than one month ago. The national average price has dropped 32.6 cents per gallon over the last month, but compared to the same day a year ago prices are 3.1 cents higher.
"The national average has again decreased in the last week, but the decreases are beginning to slow down," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "Wholesale gasoline prices rose strongly on Friday which could send prices higher in states with among the lowest prices in the United States. The fuel tightness has also continued in NYC- for those in Sandy's wake, fuel availability remains difficult, and is the reason GasBuddy has implemented an emergency fuel availability service," DeHaan said.