The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County rose Friday to its highest amount since March 30, increasing seven-tenths of a cent to $3.111.
The average price has risen seven of the past eight days, increasing 3.3 cents, including six-tenths of a cent on Thursday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.
The average price is 2.4 cents more than a week ago and 11.1 cents higher than one month ago but 67.2 cents less than one year ago. It has decreased 50.4 cents since the start of the year.
The Orange County average price rose to its highest amount since March 29, increasing a half-cent to $3.091. It has risen nine of the past 10 days, increasing 3.7 cents, including two-tenths of a cent on Thursday.
The Orange County average price is 2 cents more than one week ago and 12.2 cents higher than one month ago but 63.9 cents less than one year ago. It has decreased 45.4 cents since the start of the year.
A factor in the current round of increases is the 3.2-cent increase in the gasoline tax that went into effect July 1.
“With the Independence Day weekend behind us, we could see pump prices begin to stabilize as fewer drivers take road trips this week,” said Doug Shupe, a corporate communications & programs manager with the Automobile Club of Southern California.
“Although drivers in California are paying a little more this week, compared to last year at this time, we’re paying about $9 less to fill up the typical family-size vehicle with a 14-gallon size fuel tank.”
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