Gas Prices Creep Upward To Highest Level Since January

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Gas prices moved up by just about a penny in most areas over the past week, but it was enough to push the averages to the highest level since January, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The retail state average is $2.86 a gallon for regular today, 1.5 cents more than last Thursday.

 

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $2.897 per gallon, which is 1.8 cents higher than last week, six cents higher than last month, and 75 cents lower than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $2.871, which is 1.6 cents higher than last week, seven cents higher than last month, and 74 cents less than this time last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $2.907, two cents more than last week, six cents higher than a month ago, and 71 cents less than last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per-gallon price is $2.841, 1.3 cents more than last week, four cents more than last month, and 75 cents less than last year.

 

“The good news is that even after word got out about some unplanned local refinery maintenance last week, gas prices did not rise dramatically as is typical after many of these unexpected events,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring. “Southern California drivers started out 2016 paying more than $3 a gallon on average for regular gasoline, so average prices are still 10 to 20 cents below those levels.”

 

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on June 16, averages are: 

 

Area

Regular

One-week

change

Record Price

Los Angeles – Long Beach

$2.897

+1.8 cents

  $4.705 (10/9/12)

 

 

 

 

Orange County

$2.867

+1.2 cents

  $4.690 (10/8/12)

 

 

 

 

San Diego

$2.871

+1.6 cents

  $4.725 (10/8/12)

 

 

 

 

Santa Barbara – Santa Maria –

Lompoc

$2.907

+2.0 cents

  $4.709 (6/21/08)

 

 

 

 

Riverside – San Bernardino

$2.841

+1.3 cents

  $4.688 (10/8/12)

 

 

 

 

Ventura

$2.867

+1.1 cents

  $4.689 (10/7/12)

 

 

 

 

Bakersfield

$2.849

+1.5 cents

 $4.648 (10/9/12)