The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County rose 1.4 cents Thursday to $3.570, its highest amount since last Feb. 23.

The average price has increased 29 times in 30 days, increasing 22.2 cents, including three-tenths of a cent on Wednesday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. It is 3.2 cents more than one week ago, 22.2 cents higher than one month ago and one-tenth of a cent more than one year ago.

The Orange County average price rose 1.8 cents to $3.560, its highest amount since Dec. 21, 2019. It has increased 43 of the past 44 days, rising 34.2 cents, including one-tenth of a cent on Wednesday.

The Orange County average price is 4.1 cents more than one week ago, 23.2 cents higher than one month ago and 3.8 cents greater than one year ago.

“Crude oil prices seem to be the major factor behind rising gas prices locally and around the country,” said Marie Montgomery, a public relations specialist with the Automobile Club of Southern California. “They are rising in anticipation of more demand as the COVID-19 vaccine is distributed and the economy strengthens.”

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