The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County increased one-tenth of a cent Thursday to $4.501, one day after it was unchanged.

The average price is 2.8 cents less than one week ago, 12.2 cents less than one month ago and 17.3 cents lower than one year ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. It is $1.995 less than the record $6.494 set Oct. 5.

The Orange County average price increased six-tenths of a cent to $4.423, a day after it rose four-tenths of a cent. It is 3.2 cents less than one week ago, 8.3 cents less than one month ago and 22.4 cents cheaper than one year ago.

The Orange County average price has dropped $2.048 since rising to a record $6.459 on Oct. 5.

The national average price increased a half-cent to $3.272. It is 1.3 cents less than one week ago, but 1 cent more than one month ago and 2.6 cents cheaper than one year ago. The national average price is $1.754 lower than the record $5.016 set June 14.

“As we head toward February, pump prices will likely dip, barring any jolt in the global oil market,” said Andrew Gross, an AAA national public relations manager. “But it is likely that the national average prices we saw heading into Christmas may have been the lows for this winter.”

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