Gas Prices Back Above $3 in SoCal, And Still Rising: Analysts

The rise in gas prices in America doesn't appear to be running out of steam, especially in Southern California, according to new numbers released by an industry analysts.

After months under $3, prices at the gas pump rose 15 cents from last week in California, leading the country, according to, which tracks fuel prices across the country. An explosion at a Torrance oil refinery contributed to the bump at the pump.

Gas in Los Angeles County now averages $3.07, beating out Orange County by 1 cent and the Inland Empire by 6 cents, according to AAA.

Following a seasonal trend, the rest of the country is seeing higher gas prices, too, GasBuddy said. Prices are 27 cents higher in the U.S. than they were a month ago, though they're still over $1 less than a year ago.

And it's not expected to let up soon, Gasbuddy said. Prices are expected to rise at least 15-25 cents more over the next two weeks.

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