LOS ANGELES - The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County rose to its highest amount since Nov. 1 today, increasing 3.1 cents to $4.122, the highest in the state.
The average price has risen 36 of the past 38 days and 40 of the past 43, including 3.3 cents on Thursday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.
The average price is 20.7 cents more than one week ago, 45.6 cents higher than one month ago and 31 cents greater than one year ago.
The Orange County average price rose 2.9 cents today to $4.11, the highest since Oct. 30. It's now 21 cents more than one week ago, 46.4 cents higher than one month ago and 30.8 cents greater than one year ago.
The Orange County average price is the third highest in the state, behind Los Angeles, San Diego ($4.117) and San Luis Obispo (4.111) counties.
"Refinery maintenance and issues resulting in low levels of production in Southern California are key among reasons cited for the spike," said Jeffrey Spring of the Automobile Club of Southern California.
"However, gasoline inventories are now reportedly increasing again locally, so that could help to stabilize or lower prices soon provided that no additional refinery incidents occur."