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Gas Prices Continue Inching Up

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Gas prices inched up by about a penny last week, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The retail statewide average is $2.996 a gallon for regular unleaded, 1.7 cents higher than a week ago.
The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $3.037 per gallon, which is 1.5 cents higher than last week, three cents lower than last month, and 19 cents higher than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $3.022, which is 1.2 cents higher than last week, two cents lower than last month, and 21 cents more than this time last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $3.112, 1.6 cents more than last week, three-tenths of one cent higher than a month ago, and 25 cents higher than last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per-gallon price is $2.986, 1.2 cents more than last week, two cents less than this time last month, and 17 cents more than last year.

“Despite industry analyst predictions of higher 2017 costs to fill up, so far prices have only risen 20 to 25 cents since Jan. 1 and are just about 20 cents higher than this time last year,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring.  “Provided no supply concerns crop up, Southern California drivers could enjoy a second straight year without a significant spring gas price spike.”


The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on April 13, averages are:




1-week change

Record Price

Los Angeles – Long Beach


+1.5 cents

  $4.705 (10/9/12)





Orange County


+1.1 cents

 $4.690 (10/8/12)





San Diego


+1.2 cents

 $4.725 (10/8/12)





Santa Barbara – Santa Maria –



+1.6 cents

 $4.709 (6/21/08)





Riverside – San Bernardino


 +1.2 cents

 $4.688 (10/8/12)







+1.6 cents

 $4.689 (10/7/12)







+1.7 cents

 $4.648 (10/9/12)

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