Gas Prices Pop Back Up Above $3 in Most Areas

(LOS ANGELES, Oct. 7, 2010) – Gas prices jumped up by three to four cents a gallon in many Southern California areas over the past week in response to higher crude oil prices, 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 $3.005 per gallon, which is three cents more than last week, a penny lower than last month, and six cents lower than last year. In San Diego, the price is $3.016, which is 3.1 cents more than last week’s price, 1.5 cents below last month, and two cents lower than last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.071, up 2.7 cents from last week, two cents lower than a month ago, and six cents below last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per gallon price is $2.993, which is 2.8 cents higher than last week, one cent lower than last month, and five cents less than last year.
 
“Crude oil prices broke through the $80-a-barrel mark in the past week and that boosted pump prices in California and around the country,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring.  “It remains to be seen, however, whether crude prices can sustain that high level in the face of continued sluggish U.S. demand.”
 
The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 1 p.m. on Oct. 7, averages are:
 
Area                   
 Regular
One-week
change
 
Record Price
 
Los Angeles – Long Beach
$3.005
     +3 cents
 $4.626 (6/21/08)
 
 
 
 
Orange County
$3.007
     +4 cents
 $4.598 (6/19/08)
 
 
 
 
San Diego
$3.016
     +3.1 cents
 $4.630 (6/19/08)
 
 
 
 
Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc
$3.071
     +2.7 cents
 $4.709 (6/21/08)
 
 
 
 
Riverside – San  Bernardino
$2.993
     +2.8 cents
 $4.614 (6/22/08)
 
 
 
 
Bakersfield
$3.081
      -1.8 cents
 $4.591 (6/24/08)
 
 
 
 
Ventura
$3.016
      +4.2 cents
 $4.625 (6/18/08)

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