Motorists in the Sacramento area and statewide received a welcome gift of slightly decreasing gasoline prices during the recent holidays, but at-the-pump costs have started to creep upward in the recent weeks.
The average statewide price of regular unleaded gasoline rose 5 cents over the past month to $3.64 a gallon, according to the latest monthly gas price survey released by AAA. That’s up 2 cents from this time last year.
In Northern California, the average price of $3.60 was up 6 cents from the Dec. 10 AAA survey. Sacramento came in at $3.50 a gallon, up 3 cents from last month.
AAA projected relatively stable prices in the immediate future.
“Typically, in January, there is a weak demand for gasoline, and the fact that supplies of crude are ample, we will probably not see any major spike in prices at the present time,” said Cynthia Harris, AAA Northern California spokeswoman.
By comparison, AAA said the national average was $3.31 a gallon, up 5 cents from the December survey.
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