Even as crude futures continued to inch away from the $60-a-barrel mark, gas prices in the Los Angeles area moved higher for the fifth straight week the first time that has happened since prices cooled in mid-April, according to the federal Energy Information Administration.
The average gallon of self-serve regular in the Los Angeles area was $2.558 for the week ended July 18, up from $2.523 the previous week. Prices rose nearly 4 cents and are now around 37 cents higher than year-ago levels.
Statewide gas prices bumped up about 1 cent for the week to an average of $2.538 per gallon. They are nearly 35 cents higher than one year ago.
California still had the highest gas prices in the nation, and San Francisco outpaced L.A. as the priciest city surveyed for the fourth week in a row. San Francisco gained about 2 cents to $2.598.
Minnesota overtook Texas as the lowest-priced state, at $2.163 per gallon, and the city with cheapest gas was again Houston, at $2.20 per gallon.