California Gas Prices Reach Record High

FILE – In this Nov. 12, 2014 file photo, Lydia Holland fills up at a gas station in Sacramento, Calif. In the second half of 2014, the price of oil dropped by half, to depths not seen since May of 2009 when the U.S. was in the Great Recession. By December, some drivers even saw a price at the pump that started with a $1. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

California is officially paying the highest gas prices in the country with a record-breaking average high of $4.68 per gallon.

“This is the last thing people need. It’s going to put an even bigger bite into people’s dwindling paychecks.” LA Times’ consumer columnist David Lazarus tells Mark Thompson.

Here are the average prices in different parts of the Bay Area, according to KRON4.

  • San Francisco County: $4.89
  • Marin County: $4.88
  • San Mateo County: $4.85
  • Sonoma and Napa Counties: $4.86

The East and South Bays are slightly lower, but still among the highest in the state:

  • Alameda County: $4.79
  • Contra Costa County: $4.76
  • Santa Clara County: $4.78

On average, drivers are paying $1.50 more per gallon compared to the same time last year.

Listen to David Lazarus discuss gas prices, inflation and the healthcare system with Mark Thompson below.

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