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Labor Day Travel Increases

August 29, 2013 State of Idaho, State of Wyoming No Comments
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The official end to the summer travel season is coming up this weekend and AAA Auto Club says it expects about 34.1-million Americans will go 50 miles or more from home over the long holiday weekend.  That’s up 4.2% nationally from last Labor Day weekend and would represent a new post-recession high.  In the mountain states, the prediction is even higher with AAA anticipating a 5.4% rise in travel.  The club says that’s because the Mountain region’s economic recovery continues to outpace much of the rest of the nation, due largely to recovery in the housing market and the addition of construction jobs.  Road trips will dominate the mode of transportation despite gasoline prices on the rise again.  The national average is now $3.55 a gallon — 28¢ less than Labor Day Weekend 2012. Wyoming’s average is currently $3.64 for a gallon of unleaded regular while neighboring Idaho’s current average is $3.79 per gallon.  The Labor Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday through Monday.

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