Motorists in the Midlands paying less for gas this week

COLUMBIA (WACH) -- There's good news for motorists in the Midlands. Gas prices have fallen since last week, but not by much.

The average price for a gallon of unleaded is now $3.49 in Columbia, according to

That average is up 23.1 cents higher than last month and $1.03 per gallon above last year.

That's compared to the national average, which climbed 1.1 cents over the past week, to $3.70.

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South Carolina still ranks fifth in the nation for having the lowest gas prices. The Palmetto State currently sits behind western states like Arizona, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.

For the latest gas prices in your neighborhood, check out our Pain at the Pump page.