La­bor Day Wraps Up Sum­mer Travel

Escalon Times - - NEWS -

Con­sumers have seen the most ex­pen­sive sum­mer at the pump since 2014 with an av­er­age of $2.73 per gal­lon thus far, ac­cord­ing to GasBuddy, the only smart­phone app con­nect­ing driv­ers with their Per­fect Pit Stop.

The av­er­age gas price over La­bor Day week­end is ex­pected to be $2.84 per gal­lon, a 20 cent in­crease from La­bor Day 2017.

“It’s been con­sis­tently a more painful sum­mer at the pump than what we’ve been ac­cus­tomed to when com­pared to the last few sum­mers,” said Pa­trick DeHaan, head of pe­tro­leum anal­y­sis at GasBuddy. “With­out ma­jor hur­ri­canes, we should con­tinue to see prices gen­tly de­cline in the weeks ahead as de­mand be­gins to slow into the au­tumn, wrap­ping up the prici­est sum­mer at the pump since 2014, but over­all, with a mod­er­ately less sting than what we saw ear­lier on this decade. Next year may fol­low in this year’s foot­steps with higher La­bor Day gas prices, so what we’re up­set about this year could bring nos­tal­gic mem­o­ries next year. En­joy it while it lasts.”

While gas prices have re­mained high, mo­torists have worked hard to fill their tanks. Tak­ing into ac­count the av­er­age wages across the na­tion from the Bureau of La­bor Sta­tis­tics, the av­er­age Amer­i­can needs to per­form an hour and 48 min­utes of la­bor to earn enough money to fill a tank of ga­so­line.

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