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.

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.

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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.

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