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22-1207-SAN
Tuesday, June 14, 2022

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Average Energy Prices, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim – May 2022

Gasoline prices averaged $6.044 a gallon in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim area in May 2022, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Chris Rosenlund noted that area gasoline prices were $1.989 higher than last May when they averaged $4.055 per gallon. Los Angeles area households paid an average of 25.2 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity in May 2022, higher than the 22.0 cents price per kWh paid in May 2021. The average cost of utility (piped) gas at $1.987 per therm in May was higher than the $1.609 per therm spent last year. (Data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.)

At $6.044 a gallon, Los Angeles area consumers paid 28.7 percent more than the $4.695 national average in May 2022. A year earlier, consumers in the Los Angeles area paid 33.3 percent more than the national average for a gallon of gasoline. The local price of a gallon of gasoline has ranged from 25.9 to 44.0 percent above the national average in the month of May during the past five years. (See chart 1.)

Chart 1. Average prices for gasoline, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim and the United States, 2018-2022 (as of May)

The 25.2 cents per kWh Los Angeles households paid for electricity in May 2022 was 63.6 percent more than the nationwide average of 15.4 cents per kWh. Last May, electricity costs were 57.1 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 32.4 percent or more in the month of May. (See chart 2.)

Chart 2. Average prices for electricity, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim and the United States, 2018-2022 (as of May)

Prices paid by Los Angeles area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, were $1.987 per therm, 27.0 percent more than the national average in May 2022 ($1.565 per therm). A year earlier, area consumers paid 34.0 percent more per therm for natural gas compared to the nation. In the Los Angeles area over the past five years, the per therm cost for natural gas in May has varied between 19.0 percent and 40.4 percent above the U.S. average. (See chart 3.)

Chart 3. Average prices for utility (piped) gas, Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim and the United States, 2018-2022 (as of May)

The Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim metropolitan area consists of Los Angeles and Orange Counties in California.


Technical Note

Average prices are estimated from Consumer Price Index (CPI) data for selected commodity series to support the research and analytic needs of CPI data users. Average prices for electricity, utility (piped) gas, and gasoline are published monthly for the U.S. city average, the 4 regions, 9 divisions, 2 population size classes, 8 region/size-class cross-classifications, and the 23 largest local index areas. For electricity, average prices per kilowatt-hour (kWh) are published. For utility (piped) gas, average prices per therm, are published. For gasoline, the average price per gallon is published. Average prices for commonly available grades of gasoline are published as well as the average price across all grades.

All eligible prices are converted to a price per normalized quantity. These prices are then used to estimate a price for a defined fixed quantity. The average price per kilowatt-hour represents the total bill divided by the kilowatt-hour usage. The total bill is the sum of all items applicable to all consumers appearing on an electricity bill including, but not limited to, variable rates per kWh, fixed costs, taxes, surcharges, and credits. This calculation also applies to the average price per therm for utility (piped) gas.

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Table 1. Average prices for gasoline, electricity, and utility (piped) gas, the United States and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA, May 2021–May 2022, not seasonally adjusted
Year and month Gasoline per gallon Electricity per kWh Utility (piped) gas per therm
United States Los Angeles area United States Los Angeles area United States Los Angeles area

2021

May

$3.041 $4.055 $0.140 $0.220 $1.201 $1.609

June

3.245 4.295 0.142 0.218 1.219 1.647

July

3.326 4.384 0.143 0.221 1.241 1.680

August

3.351 4.429 0.144 0.221 1.267 1.705

September

3.361 4.440 0.144 0.222 1.302 1.702

October

3.477 4.524 0.142 0.239 1.383 1.796

November

3.576 4.694 0.142 0.240 1.401 1.710

December

3.505 4.720 0.142 0.240 1.402 1.625

2022

January

3.500 4.708 0.147 0.248 1.409 1.878

February

3.675 4.809 0.148 0.248 1.413 1.642

March

4.401 5.824 0.150 0.258 1.411 1.693

April

4.369 5.893 0.151 0.251 1.445 1.664

May

4.695 6.044 0.154 0.252 1.565 1.987

 

Last Modified Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2022