SoCal Gas Prices Cheapest For Labor Day Travelers in 12 Years: AAA

Motorists traveling for Labor Day can expect the lowest gas prices for the long holiday weekend since 2004, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California.

File photo of a gasoline pump resting in the tank of a car in San Anselmo, California. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

File photo of a gasoline pump resting in the tank of a car in San Anselmo, California. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The retail average of a gallon of regular gasoline in California was $2.68 on Thursday, about a penny more expensive than it was the previous week, AAA reported in a news release.

Heading into the three-day weekend, prices at the pump are slightly higher around Southern California than the state average, but remain significantly above the national average of $2.21.

In the Los Angeles-Long Beach area, motorists are paying an average of $2.72 for a gallon of gas, while Orange County drivers can expect to fill-up for about $2.70 per gallon of regular unleaded, according to AAA's website.

“In 2004, the last time pre-Labor Day prices were lower than this year, the average Los Angeles gasoline price was $2.11 a gallon," Auto Club spokesman Jeffrey Spring said in the release.

Gas prices are below the state's average in the Inland Empire, where motorists in San Bernardino and Riverside counties will pay an average of $2.66 for a gallon of gasoline.

“Drivers are saving on average about $12 for a 15-gallon fill-up compared to last year at this time and about $22 per fill-up compared to 2012, when pre-Labor Day gas price averages were $4.10 to $4.20 a gallon,” Spring said.

Prices have dropped at the pump for the past two months, but are expected to rise again as the summer driving season comes to a close, according to AAA.

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