As the war in Ukraine nears three weeks, the price of gas in Los Angeles County has shot up by nearly 22%.
The average price for a gallon of regular-grade gas in the county rose from $4.79 on Feb. 23 to $5.83 as of Tuesday, according to the American Automobile Assn.
Gas prices have begun to stabilize slightly in the last few days, however.
In California, the average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline Tuesday was $5.75, only one cent higher than the previous day, according to AAA. Los Angeles County prices also rose by one cent.
The nationwide price of a gallon of regular gas fell slightly; Tuesday’s average was $4.31, compared to the previous day‘s average of $4.32.
At the start of the conflict in Eastern Europe, the average prices of gas nationwide and in California were $3.53 and $4.75 respectively.
The cost of fuel had already been rising because of pandemic-related supply-chain issues and inflation. Just a year ago, the prices of a gallon of regular gas nationwide, in California and in L.A. County were $2.86, $3.84 and $3.89, respectively, according to AAA.
California has the most expensive gas in the country because of a combination of taxes, regulatory requirements and environmental fees, among other factors.