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For Release: Thursday, October 15, 2020
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Average Energy Prices, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim – September 2020
Gasoline prices averaged $3.180 a gallon in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim area in September 2020,
the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Richard
Holden noted that area gasoline prices were lower than last September when they averaged $3.769 per gallon.
Los Angeles area households paid an average of 19.9 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity in
September 2020, higher than the 18.8 cents price per kWh paid in September 2019. The average cost of utility
(piped) gas at $1.466 per therm in September was higher than the $1.284 per therm spent last year. (Data in
this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.)
At $3.180 a gallon, Los Angeles area consumers paid 40.7 percent more than the $2.260 national average in
September 2020. A year earlier, consumers in the Los Angeles area paid 39.9 percent more than the national
average for a gallon of gasoline. The local price of a gallon of gasoline has ranged from 16.0 to 40.7 percent
above the national average in the month of September during the past five years. (See chart 1.)
The 19.9 cents per kWh Los Angeles households paid for electricity in September 2020 was 45.3 percent more
than the nationwide average of 13.7 cents per kWh. Last September, electricity costs were 35.3 percent higher
in Los Angeles compared to the nation. In the past five years, prices paid by Los Angeles area consumers for
electricity exceeded the U.S. average by 23.2 percent or more in the month of September. (See chart 2.)
Prices paid by Los Angeles area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, were
$1.466 per therm, 37.8 percent more than the nati