The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County rose by its largest amount since Jan. 5 Wednesday, increasing 3 cents to $3.455, one day after rising for the first time since Oct. 23.

The average price is six-tenths of a cent more than one week ago and 35.9 cents higher than one year ago but 21.6 cents less than one month ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. It has risen 30.5 cents since the start of the year.

A 53-day streak of dropping prices totaling 45.5 cents ended Sunday when the average price was unchanged. The average price dropped one-tenth of a cent on Monday to $3.421, its lowest amount since Feb. 20.

The Orange County average price also recorded its largest increase since Jan. 5 Wednesday, rising 3.3 cents to $3.413, the fourth increase in five days following 23 consecutive decreases. It is 2.5 cents more than one week ago and 37.4 cents higher than one year ago but 20.2 cents less than one month ago. It has risen 29.7 cents since the start of the year.

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