Labor Day travelers to find welcome news at pumps

Published: Monday, August 26, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, August 26, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.

More than 34 million people are expected to travel this Labor Day weekend as the national average for a gallon fueled good news at the gas pumps: The price of regular gasoline is about 30 cents less than this same week last year.


Average price for a gallon of regular gasoline

Monday: $3.541
Week earlier: $3.538
Month earlier: $3.639
Year earlier: $3.748

Monday: $3.500
Week earlier: $3.504
Month earlier: $3.607
Year earlier: $3.745

Source: AAA

Gas prices have steadily dropped since mid-July, with motorists in the Southeast paying some of the lowest prices in the nation.

"At this point, it looks like motorists will enjoy relatively low gas prices during the Labor Day weekend," said Jessica Brady, AAA spokeswoman with The Auto Club Group. "Last year during this time, Tropical Storm Isaac drove gas prices close to $4 a gallon after Gulf refineries were forced to shut down."

The national average price of regular unleaded gasoline is $3.54, the same as last week. Florida's average of $3.50 was about the same as last Monday, while Georgia's average of $3.46 rose 2 cents.

In Gainesville, the average price for a gallon of gas on Monday was $3.60, unchanged from a week ago, according to the website Prices ranged from $3.47 to $3.76.

The cost for a barrel of oil closed last Friday at $106.42 on the NYMEX — $1.04 less than the week prior.

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