The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in the Los Angeles area fell for the ninth consecutive week, slipping 7.7 cents to $2.360 for the week ended Dec. 5.

L.A. prices are 14.6 cents higher than they were a year ago, according to the federal Energy Information Administration. L.A. had the second-highest price, behind Miami, of the cities surveyed.

Statewide, prices slipped 7.7 cents to $2.335 from $2.412 one week earlier, leaving them 14.3 cents higher than year-ago rates. California had the highest-price gas in the nation for the ninth consecutive week.

Texas had the lowest-priced gas of the states surveyed, at $2.047 per gallon, and the city with the cheapest gas was Houston, which shed 4.2 cents to $2.010 per gallon.

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