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Gas prices on the rise in San Diego County

It is 8.3 cents more than one week ago, 22.1 cents higher than one month ago and $1.481 greater than one year ago.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose Monday for the sixth consecutive day, increasing three-tenths of a cent to $4.629, its highest amount since Oct. 16, 2012.

The average price rose 1.9 cents on Friday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. It is 8.3 cents more than one week ago, 22.1 cents higher than one month ago and $1.481 greater than one year ago.

The week-to-week increase is higher than the previous two weeks because of two factors, according to Jeffrey Spring, the Automobile Club of Southern California's corporate communications manager.

"Our sources tell us that some Southern California refineries have had to do unplanned maintenance in recent days which usually reduces the level of production," Spring told City News Service.

The other factor is the continued high oil price. The price of a barrel of West Texas intermediate crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange settled at $80.79 on Friday, 101.3% more than its 52-week low of $40.13, which was hit on Nov. 13, 2020, because of higher demand following the elimination of coronavirus-related restrictions.

Crude oil costs account for slightly more than half of the pump price, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

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