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For Release: Friday, November 13, 2020
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Average Energy Prices, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim – October 2020
Gasoline prices averaged $3.138 a gallon in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim area in October 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 October when they averaged $4.144 per gallon.
Los Angeles area households paid an average of 20.8 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity in October
2020, higher than the 19.0 cents price per kWh paid in October 2019. The average cost of utility (piped) gas at
$1.478 per therm in October was higher than the $1.323 per therm spent last year. (Data in this release are not
seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.)
At $3.138 a gallon, Los Angeles area consumers paid 40.8 percent more than the $2.228 national average in
October 2020. A year earlier, consumers in the Los Angeles area paid 51.2 percent more than the national
average for a gallon of gasoline. The local price of a gallon of gasoline has ranged from 18.5 to 51.2 percent
above the national average in the month of October during the past five years. (See chart 1.)
The 20.8 cents per kWh Los Angeles households paid for electricity in October 2020 was 54.1 percent more
than the nationwide average of 13.5 cents per kWh. Last October, electricity costs were 39.7 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 35.3 percent or more in the month of October. (See chart 2.)
Prices paid by Los Angeles area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, were
$1.478 per therm, 38.5 percent more than the national average in October