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LA County Gas Prices Drop for Seventh Time in Eight Days

The steady drop in gas prices continues as President Biden considers a gas tax holiday.

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The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in Los Angeles County dropped Monday for the seventh time in the last eight days.

The steady decrease follows a long streak of increases that pushed prices to record highs.

The average price declined four-tenths of a cent to $6.418 Monday.

The average price set records for 16 consecutive days, then dropped one-tenth of a cent on June 13 before setting another record high on June 14, rising to $6.462. It is 4.1 cents less than one week ago, but 32.1 cents more than one month ago and $2.163 higher than one year ago, according to figures from the AAA and the Oil Price Information Service.

The Orange County price also dropped for the seventh time in eight days, falling 1.2 cents to $6.348. It also set records for 16 consecutive days before dropping on June 13. The Orange County average price is 6 cents less than one week ago, but 27.2 cents more than one month ago and $2.134 higher than one year ago.

The statewide average in California for a gallon of regular is $6.398.

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Also on Monday, President Biden said he expects to make a decision by the end of the week regarding a gas tax holiday.

“Yes, I’m considering it,” Biden told reporters after taking a walk along the beach. “I hope to have a decision based on the data — I’m looking for by the end of the week.”

The move would save U.S. consumers as much as 18.4 cents a gallon.

Crude oil costs account for slightly more than half of the pump price, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The rest of the price includes the other components of gasoline, production costs, distribution costs, overhead costs for all involved in production, distribution and sales, taxes and carbon offset fees in California paid by the refineries.

The national average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline dropped for the sixth consecutive day following an 18-day streak of increases, decreasing two-tenths of a cent to $4.981. The average price rose 41.5 cents during the 18-day streak, setting a record each day. It dropped a half-cent Thursday, nine-tenths of a cent Friday, 1.1 cents Saturday and six-tenths of a cent Sunday.

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