By STEVEN HERBERT
LOS ANGELES – The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County rose Thursday for the 22nd consecutive day, increasing six-tenths of a cent to $4.833, its highest amount since Dec. 5.
The average price has increased 26.9 cents over the past 22 days, including a half-cent Wednesday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. It is 9 cents more than one week ago, 31.2 cents higher than one month ago and 3.7 cents greater than it was one year ago.
The average price has dropped $1.661 since rising to a record $6.494 on Oct. 5, 2022.
The Orange County average price rose for the 20th time in 22 days, increasing a half-cent to $4.803, its highest amount since Dec. 2. It has risen 30.8 cents over the past 22 days, including seven-tenths of a cent Wednesday.
The Orange County average price is 9 cents more than one week ago, 35.1 cents higher than one month ago and 2.6 cents greater than it was one year ago. It has dropped $1.656 since rising to a record $6.459 on Oct. 5.
“The primary reasons why we are seeing pump prices increase are unplanned refinery issues in California and at other refineries on the West Coast,” said Doug Shupe, the Automobile Club of Southern California’s corporate communications manager.
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“Refineries are switching over to the cleaner burning, but more expensive summer blend fuel, and refineries are also doing annual spring maintenance which reduces output and puts upward pressure on prices.”
The national average price dropped for the 24th time in 26 days, decreasing four-tenths of a cent to $3.393. It has dropped 11.7 cents over the past 26 days, including a half-cent Wednesday.
The national average price is 2.9 cents less than one week ago, 3 cents lower than one month ago, and 14.2 cents below what it was one year ago.
The national average price has dropped $1.623 since rising to a record $5.016 on June 14.
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