California again had the dubious distinction of having the highest gasoline prices in the continental U.S. over the last week, the Energy Department said Monday.
Tight supplies helped kick the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in California up 13.5 cents to $2.891, according to the Energy Department's weekly survey of filling stations. That was still $1.542 below the year-earlier price.
California helped push the national average higher. The average price of a gallon of gasoline in the U.S. was $2.624, up a dime but still $1.415 lower than it was at the same time in 2008.
Analysts predict that pump prices won't surge as they did last year to more than $4.58 a gallon in California and above $4.11 a gallon nationwide. Prices are nearing their peak for the year, barring some major supply-crimping emergency, analysts said.