Gas pump. Photo credit: Alexander Nguyen
Gas pump. Photo credit: Alexander Nguyen

The average prices of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles and Orange counties were at their second-highest amounts for Memorial Day, behind only the record 2012 figures.

The Los Angeles County average price was $4.227 and the Orange County average price was $4.176, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. The records are $4.299 for Los Angeles County and $4.266 for Orange County.

The Los Angeles County average price increased for the 35th time in 38 days, rising four-tenths of a cent to its highest amount since Oct. 14, 2019. It has increased 20.1 cents over the past 38 days, including four-tenths of a cent Sunday.

The Los Angeles County average price is 4.3 cents more than one week ago, 15.2 cents higher than one month ago and $1.275 greater than one year ago. It has risen 99.5 cents since the start of the year, mainly because of a run of 59 increases in 60 days totaling 57.9 cents that ended March 21.

The Orange County average price rose one-tenth of a cent to $4.176, its highest amount since Oct. 17, 2019. It has increased seven consecutive days, rising 3.7 cents, including two-tenths of a cent Sunday.

The Orange County average price is 13 cents more than one month ago and $1.254 higher than one year ago. It has risen 96.8 cents since the start of the year mainly because of a run of 72 increases in 73 days totaling 68.1 cents that ended March 20.

The large price increases from one year ago are the result of significant decreases during the early stage of the coronavirus pandemic, when driving and demand dropped substantially because of stay-at-home orders intended to reduce the spread of the virus.

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