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Statewide gas prices reverse field in September, rise 7 cents

The average price of unleaded regular gasoline in California rose 7 cents a gallon over the past month, according to the latest statewide AAA report released Tuesday.

That was a sharp reversal from the previous month, which saw a 22-cent decline.

AAA said the current statewide average of $2.73 a gallon was up from $2.66 in the Aug. 9 survey.

In the Sacramento area, the average at-the-pump cost was $2.61 a gallon, up 10 cents from August.

The least-expensive gasoline in Northern California can be found in Marysville, where the average price for unleaded regular is $2.43 per gallon. South Lake Tahoe has the region’s highest average, $2.98 a gallon.

“Strong demand in the West Coast region is currently pressing on limited supplies,” said Cynthia Harris, AAA Northern California spokeswoman. “The drop in supplies can likely be attributed to issues at two California refineries earlier this month. The region also currently has the highest wholesale price for gasoline, which translates to higher prices for drivers.”

The national average was $2.18 a gallon, up 6 cents from August.

Mark Glover: 916-321-1184, @markhglover