Average San Diego County Gas Price Continues Slight Upward Climb

A man fills up his car with gasoline at a 7-11 gas station in Encinitas, Mar....

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Above: A man fills up his car with gasoline at a 7-11 gas station in Encinitas, Mar. 13, 2021.

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose three-tenths of a cent Sunday, the fifth increase in six days, but all by four-tenths of a cent or less.

The average gas price of $4.23 is 1.3 cents higher than one week ago, 7.2 cents more than one month ago and $1.171 greater than one year ago, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.

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The average price has risen $1.003 since the start of the year to its highest amount since July 16, 2015, mainly the result of a run of 87 increases in 94 days from Feb. 9-May 13 totaling 66.4 cents caused at the time by “higher oil prices and higher demand,” said Marie Montgomery, a public relations specialist with the Automobile Club of Southern California.

The large price increase from one year ago is the result of a significant decrease 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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