The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County rose three-tenths of a cent Thursday to $4.197, one day after increasing a half-cent.

The average price has risen 31 of the past 34 days, increasing 17.1 cents to its highest amount since Oct. 18, 2019, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.

The average price is 1.4 cents more than one week ago, 15.4 cents higher than one month ago and $1.266 greater than one year ago. It has risen 96.5 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 three-tenths of a cent to $4.154 after back-to-back increases of six-tenths of a cent. It is 1.6 cents more than one week ago, 14.2 cents higher than one month ago and $1.256 greater than one year ago.

The Orange County average price has risen 94.6 cents since the start of the year to its highest amount since Oct. 18, 2019, 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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