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Local gas prices hold steady after recent spike

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A driver fills up his tank at a Greenville gas station. (File/FOX Carolina) A driver fills up his tank at a Greenville gas station. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Greenville gas prices held steady in the past week after rising prior to Hurricane Isaac, according to GasBuddy.com.

Local gas prices averaged $3.57 per gallon on Labor Day, which is more than 20 cents less than the $3.80 national average.

Gas prices have risen steadily in August with the end of summer. Experts said Monday's prices were 20.3 cents per gallon higher than the same day in 2011 and are 29.7 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.

"With the conclusion of the summer driving season, we can expect gasoline prices to go on a diet," said GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst Patrick DeHaan. "Like all diet programs, you may not see immediate loss in the short term, but we'll likely see some loss in the longer term."

DeHaan said the shift should be seen in the next several weeks.

"There's light at the end of the tunnel," DeHaan said.

Last week,  AAA reported the average cost for a gallon of gas was at $3.47 in South Carolina, $3.71 in North Carolina and $3.70 in Georgia.

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