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California, Bay Area Gas Prices Soar Above $6 a Gallon

Average prices in the region range from $6.05 in Solano County to $6.32 in San Francisco, AAA data shows

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Soaring gas prices in California have eclipsed $6 a gallon on average, and that average is even higher in the Bay Area, according to the latest data from AAA.

As of Friday morning, the average gas price in the state was $6.06, AAA shows. In the Bay Area, average prices range from $6.05 in Solano County to $6.32 in San Francisco.

In most areas of the region, prices have jumped 20 cents or more over the past week. According to AAA, the state average a week ago was $5.95, and San Francisco's average price was $6.07.

Average prices in San Jose and Oakland stood at $6.16 on Wednesday, up from $5.96 and $5.95, respectively, a week ago, AAA data shows.

Prices are guaranteed to go up at least another 3 cents by July 1 when the new California gas tax takes effect.

The sharp jump is due in part to a rise in oil prices, which makes up more than half of the total price of gasoline, according to a CNBC report.

"The high cost of oil, the key ingredient in gasoline, is driving these high pump prices for consumers," Andrew Gross, AAA spokesperson, said Monday in a statement to CNBC.

The lowest gas prices in the Bay Area as of Wednesday could be found in Antioch, where a 76 station and a Costco station both were charging $5.44 a gallon, according to Gas Buddy.

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