The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County surpassed $3 for the first time since Oct. 15 this weekend, rising a half-cent to $3.004.
The average price has risen nine consecutive days and is 19.5 cents more than one week ago, 20.6 cents higher than one month ago and 29.3 cents greater than one year ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.
The average price has increased 25.4 cents over the past nine days, including 4.1 cents on Friday. The increases follow a 13-day streak of decreases totaling 5.2 cents that dropped that average price to its lowest amount since Feb. 11.
The Orange County average price rose for the 10th consecutive day, increasing 1.1 cents Saturday to $3.011. The Orange County average price has risen 28.4 cents over the past 10 days, including 3.6 cents on Friday. It is 20.7 cents more than one week ago, 25.1 cents higher than one month ago and 33.2 cents greater than one year ago.
The increases follow a stretch of 10 decreases in 12 days, totaling 4.7 cents that dropped the average price to its lowest amount since Feb. 10.
The rising prices stem from unplanned maintenance at several refineries reducing supply, according to Jeffrey Spring, the Automobile Club of Southern California’s corporate communications manager.
—Staff and wire reports
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