The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County rose four-tenths of a cent Monday to $4.245 after rising two-tenths of a cent each of the previous two days.

The average price has risen 42 of the past 45 days, increasing 21.9 cents to its highest amount since Oct. 10, 2019, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. It is 1.8 cents more than one week ago, 11.4 cents higher than one month ago and $1.262 greater than one year ago.

The average price has risen $1.013 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 was unchanged, remaining at $4.195 after rising 12 of the previous 13 days to its highest amount since Oct. 14, 2019. It rose 5.6 cents over the previous 13 days, including three-tenths of a cent Sunday.

The Orange County average price is 1.9 cents more than one week ago, 9.7 cents higher than one month ago and $1.254 greater than one year ago. It has risen 98.7 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.

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