By CBS13 Staff

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — California gas prices have rebounded to the point they are now above the average they were at last year before the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to AAA, as of Thursday, California’s average gas price is now up to $3.783. Just before last year’s April crash, the average price was $3.415.

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Thursday marks one year since the World Health Organization declared coronavirus a global pandemic.

When the world started locking down and California implemented a statewide stay-at-home order, gas prices started to plummet. It got to the point that, by April 2020, prices fell below $2 a gallon in parts of Central California.

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Sacramento gas prices never dropped below that mark, but some stations did see prices hover just above $2. By May 2020, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, California’s statewide average gas price fell to $2.771 – the first time the average had fallen below $3 since December 2016.

The average gas price in California has been steadily increasing since then, however, as the state slowly reopened.

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Nationally, according to AAA, the average price of gas is at $2.826 as of Thursday.