Labor Day travel expected near pre-recession levels

Labor Day travel expected near pre-recession levels

Labor Day travel expected near pre-recession levels

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Posted on August 26, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 26 at 1:16 PM

Labor Day Weekend travel nationwide was expected to increase about 4.2 percent in 2013 from a year ago. In the West, travel was expected to increase about 5.7 percent.

About 34 million people will travel at least 50 miles away from home nationally, according to AAA of Oregon and Washington, and about 5 million in the West.

"The anticipated increase in holiday travel is predominantly due to the increasingly positive economic outlook, including increased consumer spending and the improving housing market," says AAA spokeswoman Marie Dodds. "The total number of 2013 Labor Day holiday travelers is expected to reach a new post-recession high."

Travel still lags from the pre-recession years of 2000 to 2008, when an average of 36 million Americans left for the weekend. In the four years through 2012, that figure dropped to 32 million, according to the AAA.

The increase in 2013 comes in part because of the early date of Labor Day on Sept. 2.

AAA also reports that air travel during Labor Day Weekend will increase over last year, even though air fares are higher.

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