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Average San Diego County gas price rises slightly

A gas pump at a San Diego gas station appears in this undated photo.
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A gas pump at a San Diego gas station appears in this undated photo.

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose two-tenths of a cent Monday to $4.504, one day after increasing three-tenths of a cent.

The average price has increased 17 consecutive days and 22 of the past 23. It has risen 14.9 cents over the past 23 days to its highest amount since Oct. 19, 2012, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.

The average price is 6.1 cents more than one week ago, 15.5 cents higher than one month ago and $1.335 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 November delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose six of the past seven trading sessions, including increasing $1.26 Friday to settle at $83.76, its second-highest settlement price of the year, behind only Wednesday's $83.87 settlement price.

The settlement price increased for nine consecutive weeks, the longest streak on record. Figures are available back to April 1983.

Average San Diego County gas price rises slightly

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.