The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County increased a half-cent Thursday to $3.986, one day after remaining unchanged.

The hike pushed the average price to its highest amount since Nov. 18, 2019, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.

It is 1.4 cents more than one week ago, 9.1 cents higher than one month ago and $1.061 greater than one year ago. It has risen 75.4 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 $3.954, one day after increasing by two-tenths of a cent.

The average price is two-tenths of a cent more than one week ago, 7.2 cents higher than one month ago and $1.055 greater than one year ago. It has risen 74.6 cents since the start of the year to its highest amount since Nov. 16, 2019, mainly because of a run of 72 increases in 73 days totaling 68.1 cents that ended March 20.

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