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Gas Prices Keep Rising Away From 5-Year Low of $2.50

Pump prices are kicking up once again, leaving many drivers feeling the pinch.

Southern California saw some of the lowest gas prices in the last 5 years at the beginning of January, bottoming out at just over $2.50 in Los Angeles, the Inland Empire and Orange County, according to AAA.

Prices have climbed about 30 cents since then, rising for 17 consecutive days, as Genaro Fernandez knows too well -- he commutes to his overnight job every day.

"I'm always back and forth to my family in Whittier to over here, so gas can get kinda pricy," Fernandez said at a gas station in Montebello.

The average price for regular gasoline at that station was at $2.97 Monday, but just a few weeks ago, it had reached a low of $2.39 a gallon.

The 17-day streak of increases is the longest since an 18-day streak from March 31-April 17 last year.

The City News Service contributed to this report.

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