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Gas price on the rise

The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose two-tenths of a cent today to $2.997, a day after a similar increase.

The average price is 1.7 cents more than a week ago and $1.139 more than at the start of the year, but 9.1 cents less than a month ago and 4.4 cents lower than this time last year, according to figures from the AAA and Oil Price Information Service.

“It seems like we’re bottoming out on the declines, which was not a very long period of price declines,” Marie Montgomery, an Automobile Club of Southern California public relations specialist, told City News Service.

“The prices aren’t moving very fast one way or the other, which is fortunate, because the rest of the country had some pretty sharp increases last week,” she said.

The national average price rose eight-tenths of a cent today to $2.683, 8.7 cents more than a week ago, 18.4 cents more than a month ago, 5.4 cents more than this time last year and $1.065 more than the start of the year.

California’s gasoline price is typically higher than the national average and the highest in the continental United States because of taxes and a longtime state law mandating a “boutique blend” of fuel to reduce polluting emissions, Montgomery said.