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Gas vs. Salary: How much you have to work to pay for your gas

For minimal wage earners in California, you have to work practically 4 hours.

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, Calif. — Gas costs are hitting a brand new report nearly each day in San Diego.

According to AAA, on April 1, 2022, the nationwide common for a gallon of gas is $4.21. It’s costlier in California the place, in San Diego for instance, the common gallon of normal gas is $5.97.

With gas costs so excessive, CBS 8 is “working for you” and went to learn how much you have to work to give you the option to afford a tank of gas.

Jim Anderson is retired and was having fun with a day trip with pals after we requested them about gas costs.

“It’s horrible!” said Anderson. “It’s crazy! It’s just ridiculous,”

Matthew Garcia was fueling up when CBS 8 met him and he stated, “These gas prices are killing me man.”

And I’m positive many San Diegans can resonate with Garcia.

Garcia stated, he knew it was dangerous, however he was stunned at how lengthy he’d have to work in a day simply to afford to replenish his automobile.

“It’s ridiculous because I do work a minimum wage job and I just paid $54.21, that’s what I average working four hours,” stated Garcia.

Kim Cicchetto says gas costs plus her commute are consuming away at her earnings.

“I do 20 miles. I have a good car. But it doesn’t matter now. After the pandemic, we’re all a mess. We can go anywhere else in the United States and not have to pay this,”

Garcia says it wasn’t at all times this costly.

“Around Super Bowl Sunday, February 13 it was like at $4.50 to the gallon and it would cost me $40 to fill up. Now it cost me $55,” stated Garcia.

In California, the minimal wage is $15 an hour for most firms. Employees on that wage would have to work nearly 4 hours to give you the option to afford to replenish.

Some drivers, like Edgar say they really feel helpless to do something about it.

CBS 8 requested, “Can you proceed to afford the rise in gas costs?”

“I have to, you know. I have to go to work. I have to go do my stuff. I need my car,” stated Edgar. “So, regardless of the value is, I’m going to have to pay.”

Anderson says he feels for people who find themselves seemingly struggling to make ends meet with the rising prices of gas.

“People who need to get to work and have to drive, it takes food out of their pockets,” stated Anderson.

Meanwhile, drivers like Garcia are doing what they will to get one of the best bang for their buck when it comes to gassing up.

“I try my best to at least fill up weekly. I don’t let it get down to ‘E’,” said Garcia. “I let it get to a quarter of a tank, so I don’t spend as much.”

Matthew says, there are issues you can do to get probably the most mileage.

“Be smart with the way you drive. Don’t drive like a maniac and you’ll save your gas.”

It additionally might not shock you that California is ranked the costliest state for gas.

Personal Capital, a finance company that studied gas costs throughout the nation, says a gallon of gas in San Diego will purchase one and a half gallons of milk, leaving some folks having to resolve between shopping for gas or getting groceries.

New York City is no 1 for the costliest metropolis to afford gas. Los Angeles is the second costliest, adopted by Chicago, Houston, and Phoenix respectively, in accordance to Personal Capital.

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