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Average San Diego County gas price continues slight upward climb

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Posted at 9:06 AM, Jun 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-20 12:06:36-04

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - 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 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.

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.