Rising gas prices are causing Californians to use less fuel, a state agency said.
State residents used 1.169 billion gallons of gasoline in November, the most recent month for which the state Board of Equalization has statistics, a 2.6% decline from November 2010. It was the ninth month in a row that gasoline consumption declined, the agency said.
Back in November, California’s average gas price was $3.85 a gallon, up 64 cents from the average a year earlier. But that sounds cheap compared with the state’s average of $4.323 a gallon on Wednesday, according to AAA’s daily survey of fuel retailers.
“I’m keenly aware of the negative impact higher gas prices have on hard-working families trying to make ends meet,” said Jerome E. Horton, chairman of the Board of Equalization.