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For Release: Thursday, August 12, 2021
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Average Energy Prices, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim – July 2021
Gasoline prices averaged $4.384 a gallon in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim area in July 2021, the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Chris Rosenlund noted that area gasoline
prices were $1.295 higher than last July when they averaged $3.089 per gallon. Los Angeles area households
paid an average of 22.1 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity in July 2021, higher than the 20.0 cents
price per kWh paid in July 2020. The average cost of utility (piped) gas at $1.680 per therm in July was higher
than the $1.471 per therm spent last year. (Data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-
the-year-analysis is used throughout.)
At $4.384 a gallon, Los Angeles area consumers paid 31.8 percent more than the $3.326 national average in
July 2021. A year earlier, consumers in the Los Angeles area paid 37.7 percent more than the national average
for a gallon of gasoline. The local price of a gallon of gasoline has ranged from 22.4 to 37.7 percent above the
national average in the month of July during the past five years. (See chart 1.)
The 22.1 cents per kWh Los Angeles households paid for electricity in July 2021 was 54.5 percent more than
the nationwide average of 14.3 cents per kWh. Last July, electricity costs were 46.0 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 24.5 percent or more in the month of July. (See chart 2.)
Prices paid by Los Angeles area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, were
$1.680 per therm, 35.4 percent more than the national average in July 2021 ($1.241 per therm). A year earlier,