The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Riverside County dropped Friday for the 47th consecutive day, decreasing six-tenths of a cent to $3.541, its lowest amount since Aug. 31.

The average price has dropped 48.8 cents during the streak, including a half-cent Thursday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. It is 5.1 cents less than one week ago and 33.6 cents lower than one month ago but 21.4 cents more than one year ago.

The average price has risen 27.3 cents since the start of the year because of a 12-cent state tax increase that went into effect July 1, higher cap-and-trade credit costs for refineries and a price spike in the fall when shortages were caused by refinery outages and no imported gasoline was available, according to Marie Montgomery, a public relations specialist with the Automobile Club of Southern California.

The streak is the longest since a 55-day streak from Oct. 25-Dec. 18, 2018.

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