The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Riverside County was at its second-highest amount to end a year Saturday, despite a recent run of 76 decreases in 79 days totaling $2.223.

The average price rose 1.9 cents Saturday to $4.346, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. It has risen seven of the past eight days, increasing 7.5 cents, including 2 cents Friday.

The average price is 7.2 cents more than one week ago but 54.4 cents less than one month ago and 26.2 cents lower than one year ago when it was $4.608, its highest amount to end a year. It is $2.027 less than the record $6.373 set on Oct. 5.

The average price was $4.607 on Jan. 1, 2022, the highest amount to begin a year, then rose to its first record of the year, $4.695, on Feb. 17, breaking the previous record of $4.688 set Oct. 8, 2012 and matched a day earlier. The 2012 figure included stations in San Bernardino County.

A 16-day streak of increases pushed the average price to its high for the year Oct. 5, a record-$6.373. It then dropped 76 times in the next 79 days.

The national average price rose for the seventh time in eight days following a 44-day streak of decreases totaling 70.9 cents, increasing 1.6 cents to $3.195. It has risen 9.9 cents over the past eight days, including 2 cents Friday.

The national average price is 9.8 cents more than one week ago but 30 cents less than one month ago and 9 cents lower than one year ago. It is $1.821 lower than the record $5.016 set June 14.

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