MANATEE -- Motorists in the southeastern United States should find the lowest Labor Day gas prices in a decade. The current state average prices of $2.31 in Florida and Georgia, and $2.17 in Tennessee are $1.06, $1.02, and $1.04 cheaper than the price during last year's holiday.
"Low gas prices are added incentive for Americans to take a road trip this Labor Day weekend," said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA - The Auto Club Group. "Low gasoline prices are an added boost in disposable income, giving travelers more money to spend on lodging, shopping, and dining out."
Average retail gasoline prices in the Bradenton-Sarasota area have fallen 7.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.27 a gallon this week, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 308 gas outlets in the area.
Local prices were 108.8 cents per gallon lower on Sunday than the same day one year ago and are 25.8 cents per gallon lower than a month ago, according to GasBuddy.
The current national average price of gasoline is $2.48 -- 12 cents lower than a week ago, 19 cents lower than a month ago, 95 cents lower than this time last year. The current Florida average price of $2.31 is 7 cents cheaper than last week, 23 cents cheaper than a month ago and $1.06 from a month ago, according to AAA.
"Nationally, gas prices saw their largest weekly drop of the year," said Patrick DeHaan, GasBuddy senior petroleum analyst. "Prices moved lower in all but one state, Utah, with plunges at the pump throughout the Great Lakes as a result of BP's Whiting, Indiana refinery coming back online. The national average now stands at its lowest point since April, a fitting way to close out the summer driving season with Labor Day approaching."