Gas Prices Increase Slightly After Thanksgiving

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Gas prices have inched up throughout Southern California in recent days after about two months of decreases, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The state average is $3.585 a gallon for regular today – 1.3 cents higher than on Thanksgiving.


The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $3.634 per gallon, which is 2.5 cents more than last week, 5.4 cents lower than last month, and 12 cents lower than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $3.628, which is 1.8 cents above last week, 6.3 cents below last month, and 10 cents lower than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.662, up 2.1 cents from last week, 5.2 cents lower than a month ago, and 15 cents less than last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per-gallon price is $3.601, up 1.6 cents from last week, 5.3 cents lower than last month, and 11 cents less than last year.


“Gas prices have risen briefly in response to a surge in wholesale Los Angeles fuel prices that occurred in late November on news of some local refinery work,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “However, wholesale prices have now dropped again and are just about eight cents higher than their low point for 2013 which was reached on Nov. 18, so at the moment there’s not much forward momentum for big price increases at the pump."


The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Dec. 5, averages are: 






Record Price


Los Angeles – Long Beach


+2.5 cents

 $4.705 (10/9/12)





Orange County


+2.0 cents

 $4.690 (10/8/12)





San Diego


+1.8 cents

 $4.725 (10/8/12)





Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc


+2.1 cents

 $4.709 (6/21/08)





Riverside – San  Bernardino


+1.6 cents

 $4.688 (10/8/12)







+1.6 cents

 $4.648 (10/9/12)







+2.2 cents

   $4.689 (10/7/12)