LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County rose one-tenth of a cent today to $4.302, one day after increasing a half-cent.
The average price has increased 13 of the past 14 days, rising 5.6 cents to its highest amount since July 16, 2015, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. It is 4.4 cents more than one week ago, 9.5 cents higher than one month ago and $1.23 greater than one year ago.
The average price has risen $1.07 since the start of the year because of a sharp increase in the oil price and increased demand because more people are driving to work, according to Jeffrey Spring, the Automobile Club of Southern California's corporate communications manager.
The Orange County average price rose three-tenths of a cent to $4.261, one day after increasing four-tenths of a cent. It has risen eight of the past nine days, increasing 5.8 cents to its highest amount since July 17, 2015.
The Orange County average price is 4.7 cents more than one week ago, 10.2 cents higher than one month ago and $1.203 greater than one year ago. It has risen $1.053 since the start of the year, including 68.1 cents during a run of 72 increases in 73 days that ended March 20.
The large price increases from one year ago are partially the result of significant decreases during the early stage of the coronavirus pandemic, when driving and demand dropped substantially because of stay-at-home orders intended to reduce the spread of the virus.
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