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Gas Prices Stall; Lowest For Labor Day Travelers In 12 Years

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Gas prices moved barely upwards in the past week but are still low enough to give holiday drivers their cheapest fill-ups for Labor Day weekend since 2004, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch. The retail state average is $2.681 a gallon for regular today, 1.1 cents more than last Thursday.
The average price of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area is $2.724 per gallon, which is 1.6 cents higher than last week, four cents lower than last month, and 83 cents lower than last year. In San Diego, the average price is $2.718, which is 1.3 cents higher than last week, six cents lower than last month, and 75 cents less than this time last year. On the Central Coast, the average price is $2.743, six-tenths of one cent less than last week, seven cents lower than a month ago, and 77 cents less than last year. In the Inland Empire, the average per-gallon price is $2.661, 1.5 cents more than last week, seven cents less than last month, and 79 cents less than last year.
“Drivers are saving on average about $12 for a 15-gallon fill-up compared to last year at this time and about $22 per fill-up compared to 2012, when pre-Labor Day gas price averages were $4.10 to $4.20 a gallon,” said Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring.  “In 2004, the last time pre-Labor Day prices were lower than this year, the average Los Angeles gasoline price was $2.11 a gallon.”


The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Sept. 1, averages are:




1-week change

Record Price

Los Angeles – Long Beach


+1.6 cents

  $4.705 (10/9/12)





Orange County


+1.8 cents

  $4.690 (10/8/12)





San Diego


+1.3 cents

  $4.725 (10/8/12)





Santa Barbara – Santa Maria –



-0.6 cents

  $4.709 (6/21/08)





Riverside – San Bernardino


+1.5 cents

  $4.688 (10/8/12)







+1.4 cents

  $4.689 (10/7/12)







+0.5 cent

 $4.648 (10/9/12)

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