Auto Club: Gas Prices Barely Budge

(LOS ANGELES, Dec. 10, 2009) – It was technically a sixth consecutive week for gas price drops, but consumers probably barely noticed the extremely slight price drops at the pump, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California’s Weekend Gas Watch.

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $2.931 per gallon, which is one penny less than last week, 6.6 cents less than last month, and $1.15 higher than last year. In San Diego, the price is $2.923, which is six-tenths of one cent lower than last week’s price, 5.9 cents below last month, and $1.17 higher than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $2.988, down one-tenth of a penny from last week, 8.1 cents lower than a month ago, and $1.13 above last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $2.916, which is eight-tenths of one cent less than last week, 5.9 cents less than last month, and $1.17 more than last year.

“Gas price averages are stubbornly sticking within the $2.90 range in Southern California,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “Other states are seeing little price movement as well. The state with the lowest price average in the country is Missouri at $2.46 a gallon – about 20 percent lower than California – so there’s not a huge difference right now in gas prices across the continental U.S.”

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 1 p.m. on Dec. 10, averages are:
 
Area                   
 Regular
One-week
change
 
Record Price
 
Los Angeles – Long Beach
$2.941
    -1.2 cents
 $4.626 (6/21/08)
 
 
 
 
Orange County
$2.930
    -0.8 cent
 $4.598 (6/19/08)
 
 
 
 
San Diego
$2.929
    -1.3 cents
 $4.630 (6/19/08)
 
 
 
 
Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc
$2.989
    +0.8 cent
 $4.709 (6/21/08)
 
 
 
 
Riverside – San  Bernardino
$2.924
     -1.4 cents
 $4.614 (6/22/08)
 
 
 
 
Bakersfield
$2.986
     -1.8 cents
 $4.591 (6/24/08)
 
 
 
 
Ventura
$2.929
     -2.0 cents
 $4.625 (6/18/08)

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