Average gas price in San Diego rises for 23rd time in 24 days

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose Tuesday for the 18th consecutive day and the 23rd time in 24 days, increasing nine-tenths of a cent to $4.513, its highest amount since Oct. 19, 2012.

The average price has risen 15.8 cents over the past 24 days, including two-tenths of a cent Monday, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service. It is 6.1 cents more than one week ago, 16.4 cents higher than one month ago and $1.346 greater than one year ago.

The rising gas prices are caused by high crude oil prices. The price of a barrel of West Texas intermediate crude for December delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange was unchanged Monday, remaining at $83.76. The only day of the year the settlement price was higher was Wednesday when it was $83.87.

The crude oil price has increased 134.03% from its 52-week low of $35.79 on Oct. 30, 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.

“With the U.S. economy slowly recovering from the depths of the pandemic, demand for gas is robust, but the supply is tight,” said Andrew Gross, an AAA national public relations manager.

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