The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County rose one-tenth of a cent Tuesday to $4.228, one day after increasing four-tenths of a cent.
The average price has risen 36 of the past 39 days, increasing 20.2 cents to its highest amount since Oct. 14, 2019, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. It is 3.9 cents more than one week ago, 14.4 cents higher than one month ago and $1.274 greater than one year ago.
The average price has risen 99.6 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 dropped one-tenth of a cent to $4.175, ending a seven-day streak of increases that totaled 3.7 cents, including one-tenth of a cent Sunday. It is 3 cents more than one week ago, 11.8 cents higher than one month ago and $1.253 greater than one year ago.
The Orange County average price has risen 96.7 cents since the start of the year, 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.