LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County rose to its highest amount of 2021 today, increasing a half-cent to $4.416.
This is the fourth time in eight days the average price has reached its highest amount of 2021, according to figures from the AAA and the Oil Price Information Service. The average price is eight-tenths of a cent more than one week ago, 1.3 cents higher than one month ago and $1.219 greater than one year ago.
The average price has risen $1.184 since the start of the year.
Sunday's increase ended a five-day streak of the average price changing by one-tenth of a cent or remaining unchanged.
The Orange County average price rose 1 cent to $4.379, topping the previous 2021 high of $4.371 set Aug. 27. It is 1.7 cents more than one week ago, 1.3 cents higher than one month ago and $1.221 greater than one year ago.
The Orange County average price has risen $1.171 since the start of the year.
Refinery problems related to the Sept. 17 earthquake centered in Carson continue to keep Southern California gas prices at a high level at a time when they customarily decline because of decreased demand following the end of the summer vacation driving season, according to Jeffrey Spring, the Automobile Club of Southern California's corporate communications manager.