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Auto Club: Gas Prices Post Record One-Month Jump

In the Orange County, the average per-gallon price is $4.306, up 11.4 cents from last week.

Southern California gas prices have now spiked by 57 cents or more in the past month – one of the biggest one-month jumps ever, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California's Weekend Gas Watch.

The state average is $4.203 a gallon for regular today – 11.6 cents higher than last week. In the Orange County, the average per-gallon price is $4.306, up 11.4 cents from last week.

“Prices have now gone up even more than they did during the spike in October and the one last February, and more quickly than they did during any one-month stretch in 2008, when we had another big spike,” said Auto Club spokesperson Jeffrey Spring. “Los Angeles drivers are now paying nearly as much as drivers on Maui for regular unleaded, which is unprecedented.”   

The Weekend Gas Watch monitors the average price of gasoline. As of 9 a.m. on Feb. 21, averages are:  

Area                    Regular One-week change   Record Price   Los Angeles – Long Beach $4.316 +11.3 cents  $4.705 (10/9/12)         Orange County $4.306 +11.4 cents  $4.690 (10/8/12)         San Diego $4.285 +10.2 cents  $4.725 (10/8/12)         Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Lompoc $4.306 +12.8 cents  $4.709 (6/21/08)         Riverside – San  Bernardino $4.276 +10.6 cents  $4.688 (10/8/12)         Bakersfield $4.144 +10.7 cents  $4.648 (10/9/12)         Ventura $4.296 +9.9 cents    $4.689 (10/7/12)

—News release, Automobile Club of Southern California

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