LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County rose two-tenths of a cent today to $3.062, the 33rd increase in 35 days.
The average price has risen 18.7 cents over the past 35 days, including eight-tenths of a cent on Sunday, to its highest amount since April 2, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. It rose 14 consecutive days, dropped one-tenth of a cent June 2, increased the next five days, decreased one-tenth of a cent June 8 and resumed increasing June 9.
The average price is 3.7 cents more than a week ago and 15.3 cents higher than a month ago but 67.2 cents less than one year ago. It has decreased 55.3 cents since the start of the year.
The Orange County average price rose four-tenths of a cent to $3.038, its highest amount since April 3. It has increased 45 of the past 48 days, rising 26.8 cents, including three-tenths of a cent on Sunday.
The Orange County average price is 4.9 cents more than one week ago and 16.7 cents higher than one month ago but 64.2 cents less than one year ago. It has dropped 50.7 cents since the start of the year.
The continuing rising prices are the result of increased demand and higher crude oil prices, according to Marie Montgomery, a public relations specialist with the Automobile Club of Southern California.
The crude oil price and supply and demand are the most important factors in the gas price. Crude oil prices have also been increasing recently because of increased demand.
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