Gas Prices Tick Back Downward In The New Year; Still 40 Cents Higher Than Beginning Of 2006, Says Auto Club

Weekly Fuel Prices Report


(LOS ANGELES, Jan. 5. 2007) – Southern California is beginning the new year with gas prices that are about 40 cents higher than last year, 60 cents higher than two years ago, and a dollar higher than three years ago, 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 $2.627, which is eight-tenths of one cent lower than last week, 15 cents higher than last month, and 42 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the price is $2.679, also eight-tenths of a cent below last week’s price, 13 cents above last month, and 39 cents above last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $2.838, unchanged from last week, 12 cents above last month, and 45 cents higher than last year. In the Inland Empire, the average price is $2.633, 1.2 cents below last week, 13 cents higher than last month, and 38 cents higher than last year.

After an unusual three-week price increase in December, prices have settled back into a pattern of very little change that we have seen in past years around this time,” said Auto Club spokesperson Carol Thorp. “We are starting 2007 with price averages that are 16 to 18 percent higher than they were at the beginning of 2006, 30 percent higher than January 2005 and 60 percent higher than they were in January 2004.”

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline as of 12:01 a.m., Jan. 5

Area Regular One-week change Record price
Los Angeles – Long Beach $2.627 -0.8 cent $3.402 (5/13/2006)
Orange County $2.576 -0.5 cent $3.371 ( 5/17/2006)
San Diego $2.679 -0.8 cent $3.438 ( 5/15/2006)
Santa Barbara - Santa Maria - Lompoc $2.838 No change $3.491 ( 5/16/2006)
Riverside - San Bernardino $2.633 -1.2 cents $3.445 ( 5/15/2006)
Bakersfield $2.625 -2.2 cents $3.450 ( 5/16/2006)
Las Vegas, NV $2.552 +0.9 cent $3.176 ( 5/17/2006)

Historical Prices, First Week of January

Area 2006 2005 2004
Los Angeles – Long Beach $2.238 $1.999 $1.626
Orange County $2.213 $1.976 $1.604
San Diego $2.315 $2.028 $1.656
Santa Barbara - Santa Maria - Lompoc $2.283 $2.124 $1.747
Riverside - San Bernardino $2.253 $2.007 $1.622
Bakersfield $2.355 $1.995 $1.634
Las Vegas, NV $2.183 $1.867 $1.615

 

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