Gas Prices Head Down Before Labor Day Holiday

(LOS ANGELES, Sept. 2, 2010) – Heading into Labor Day weekend, Southland travelers will be able to fill their tanks for under $3 a gallon at an increasing number of stations as fuel prices continue to drop for the third straight week, 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 $3.041 per gallon, which is 4.7 cents less than last week, 7.7 cents lower than last month, and 1.6 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the price is $3.052, 4.4 cents lower than last week’s price, 7.4 cents below last month, and 2.6 cents higher than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.116, down 4.1 cents from last week, 7.5 cents lower than a month ago, and 2.3 cents below last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $3.03, which is 4.1 cents lower than last week, 7.4 cents lower than last month, and 1.8 cents more than last year.
 
“With more than 90 percent of Southern California Labor Day travelers expected to go by car, it’s good news to see prices returning to the same level they were this time last year and only about 10 cents more per gallon than their lowest level of 2010,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring.  “The Auto Club is projecting an 11 percent increase in Labor Day travel compared to 2009 among Southern Californians, so gas stations may be busier this weekend.”
 
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 1 p.m. on Sept. 2, averages are:
 
Area                   
 Regular
One-week
change
 
Record Price
 
Los Angeles – Long Beach
$3.041
     -4.7 cents
 $4.626 (6/21/08)
 
 
 
 
Orange County
$3.037
     -5.1 cents
 $4.598 (6/19/08)
 
 
 
 
San Diego
$3.052
     -4.4 cents
 $4.630 (6/19/08)
 
 
 
 
Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc
$3.116
     -4.1 cents
 $4.709 (6/21/08)
 
 
 
 
Riverside – San  Bernardino
$3.030
     -4.1 cents
 $4.614 (6/22/08)
 
 
 
 
Bakersfield
$3.131
      -5.9 cents
 $4.591 (6/24/08)
 
 
 
 
Ventura
$3.041
      -6.3 cents
 $4.625 (6/18/08)
 

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