By Sacramento Business Journal

Compared to last year, California gasoline consumption dropped 2.2 percent in July, while the average price per gallon rose to $3.84 ⿿­ a 67-cent increase over the July 2010 price, according to a news release from the California State Board of Equalization.

Nationally, the price of a gallon of gasoline was up 93 cents to $3.17 per gallon, a 33.5 percent increase over the July 2010 price.

Californians consumed 1.25 billion gallons of gasoline in July, compared to 1.27 billion gallons in July 2010. Diesel fuel consumption during that same period rose 1.9 percent, to 223 million gallons. The average price of a gallon of diesel rose to $4.11, a 99-cent increase over July 2010.

The BOE gets gas and diesel figures from tax receipts paid by fuel distributors in the state.

Click here for the full news release on consumption figures.

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