Gasoline prices continued their slow decline in California and most of the rest of the country, the government said Monday.
California motorists Monday paid an average of $2.236 for a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline, down 2.7 cents from last week, the federal Energy Information Administration said. The U.S. average fell 0.3 cent to $1.945 a gallon, based on the agency's weekly survey of more than 800 service stations.
The California price, which hit a record high of $2.402 a gallon Oct. 18, is 50.1 cents higher than a year ago.
The U.S. average peaked at $2.064 a gallon in late May and remains 45.5 cents above the year-ago level.
The Gulf Coast region had the cheapest gasoline, dropping 0.3 cent to $1.841 a gallon. Prices fell everywhere but in the Midwest, where the average rose 1.3 cents to $1.884 a gallon.