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Gas prices down 2 cents heading into Labor Day weekend

The average price for gasoline in Massachusetts was $3.45 a gallon in the latest weekly AAA survey, which was down 2 cents from the previous week’s average, AAA Southern New England reported Monday.

The current Massachusetts price is a penny more than the national average of $3.44 a gallon, and 13 cents lower than the price a month ago.

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Last year at this time, the average in the state was 17 cents higher, or $3.62 a gallon.

“These continuing declining prices are great news for end-of-summer vacationers, since AAA is projecting that roughly nice of every 10 travelers will drive,” said AAA’s Massachusetts spokesperson, Mary Maguire.

AAA forecasts that 34.7 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home by car or plane over a five-day period ending on Labor Day. That would be a 1.3 percent increase over 2013.

The survey focuses on the price of self-serve, regular, unleaded gasoline.

Bennie DiNardo can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @bdinardo.
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