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AAA Predicts Increase in Labor Day Travel

Despite sluggish economy, Americans will take to their cars for the holiday.

AAA Travel is predicting that 33 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more during the Labor Day holiday weekend. That number represents a 2.9 percent increase from the 32.1 million people who traveled last year.

According to the AAA/IHS Global Insight 2012 Labor Day Holiday Travel Forecast, the total number of 2012 Labor Day holiday travelers is expected to reach a new post-recession high, and is the third increase in holiday travel this year — AAA’s Memorial Day and Independence Day holiday travel forecasts projected increases of 1.2 percent and 4.9 percent, respectively.

AAA attributed the increase in expected Labor Day holiday weekend travelers is driven by improving consumer confidence compared to one year ago and American’s unwavering desire to travel. The Labor Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, August 30 to Monday, September 3. 

“Travel is still within America’s discretionary spending budget,” AAA New Jersey Automobile Club Director of Public Affairs Cathleen Lewis said. 

Patch wants to know: Will you be traveling this Labor Day weekend? Where will you be heading? Comment below.

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