State, SoCal Gas Prices Post Second Week of Increases

Gas Prices
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Increased demand, higher oil prices and refinery issues continued to move gas prices up in the state and Southern California, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The retail statewide average is $2.95 a gallon for regular unleaded, 3.5 cents more than a week ago.
 
The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $2.97 per gallon, which is five cents more than last week, five cents below last month, and 23 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $2.96, which is six cents above last week, six cents more than last month, and 20 cents more than this time last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.00, which is five cents higher than last week, five cents higher than last month, and 20 cents higher than last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per-gallon price is $2.90, which is up five cents from last week, two cents more than last month, and 20 cents more than at this time last year.

“While still moderate, the rate of gas price increases during the past week accelerated, compared to the prior week,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring.  “Summer travel demand is in full swing and there has been a flaring issue with a Phillips 66 refinery in Wilmington this past week. We encourage drivers to shop around for the lowest price near them by using the AAA Mobile app available free to members and the public.”

 

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Aug. 3, averages are:

Area

Regular

1-week change

Record Price

Los Angeles – Long Beach

$2.97

 +5 cents

 $4.70 (10/9/12)

 

 

 

 

Orange County

$2.94

 +5 cents

 $4.69 (10/8/12)

 

 

 

 

San Diego

$2.96

 +6 cents

 $4.72 (10/8/12)

 

 

 

 

Santa Barbara – Santa Maria –Lompoc

$3.00

 +5 cents

 $4.70 (6/21/08)

 

Riverside/San Bernardino

$2.90

 +5 cent

 $4.68 (10/8/12)

 

 

 

 

Ventura

$2.93

 +4 cent

 $4.68 (10/7/12)

 

 

 

 

Bakersfield

$2.94

 +1 cent

 $4.64 (10/9/12)