Gas prices spike nationwide, leaving LA wallets emptiest

The often congested 405 freeway. You might want to think about carpooling to conserve gas, considering Los Angeles holds highest costs for gas per gallon nationwide.
The often congested 405 freeway. You might want to think about carpooling to conserve gas, considering Los Angeles holds highest costs for gas per gallon nationwide. Eyeshotpictures/Flickr/Creative Commons

The Lundberg Survey of fuel prices revealed Sunday that the average price of a gallon of gasoline nationwide has increased 12 cents over the past three weeks. Los Angeles holds the highest costs at a $3.73 average, pushing California to an average of $3.68 a gallon, NBC Los Angeles reports.

That's 30-cents higher than last year’s state prices, Jeffrey Spring of the corporate communications department of the Automobile Club of Southern California told NBC. He said the price to pump is unusual for this month, owing to wavering ties in the Middle East, a more expensive blend of gas in California and a tendency to drive up prices locally due to existing tax structures.

Los Angeles County and Orange County have seen increases for the 19th consecutive day, and the Inland Empire its 15th.

California is ranked third highest, only after Alaska and Hawaii. Of cities surveyed, Salt Lake City, Utah boasts the nation’s lowest average at $2.86.

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