The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County rose a half-cent Thursday to $4.344 after dropping two-tenths of a cent twice and rising two-tenths of a cent twice over the past four days.

The average price is 1.1 cents more than one week ago, 9.6 cents higher than one month ago and $1.217 greater than one year ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.

The average price has increased $1.112 since the start of the year to its highest amount since Oct. 25, 2012, because of a sharp increase in the oil price and increased demand due to more people driving to work, according to Jeffrey Spring, the Automobile Club of Southern California’s corporate communications manager.

The Orange County average price rose four-tenths of a cent to $4.305 after not rising by more than two-tenths of a cent for four consecutive days. It is nine-tenths of a cent more than one week ago, 10.1 cents higher than one month ago and $1.196 greater than one year ago.

The Orange County average price has risen $1.097 since the start of the year to its highest amount since May 2, 2014.

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