LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County rose today for the eighth time in nine days, increasing two-tenths of a cent to $3.21.
The average price has increased 2.3 cents over the past nine days, including two-tenths of a cent on Thursday, to its highest amount since March25, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. It rose six consecutive days, was unchanged Wednesday and resumed increasing Thursday.
The average price is 1.4 cents more than a week ago and 8.1 cents higher than one month ago but 37.3 cents less than one year ago. It has decreased 40.5 cents since the start of the year.
The Orange County average price rose by three-tenths of a cent for the fourth time in five days to $3.195, its highest amount since March 24. It dropped three-tenths of a cent on Thursday.
The Orange County average price is 1.3 cents more than a week ago and 8.1 cents higher than one month ago but 36.2 cents less than one year ago. It has decreased 35 cents since the start of the year.
“Production problems at a hydrogen plant that provides power to Southern California refineries, as well as a couple of planned and unplanned refinery flarings, appear to be the major reasons that gas prices rose last week,'' said Jeffrey Spring, the Automobile Club of Southern California's corporate communications manager.
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