Expect the Most Labor Day Traffic in Years

KNWA via NBC-- The travel group, AAA, predicts the traffic scene will be the most crowded it's been since the financial crisis in 2008.

AAA, along with IHS Global Insight, predict 34.1 million people will travel at least 50 miles, a 4.2 percent increase compared to last year. This rise could be attributed to falling unemployment levels, better consumer finances, rising home prices and faster economic growth. 

In 2008, 45.1 million people went away for Labor Day weekend. That dropped to 31.3 million in 2009, due to the financial crisis.

This year, AAA predicts 85 percent of people who travel on that holiday, about 29.2 million people, will go by car. The average traveler will go about 594 miles and spend $804 during their Labor Day trip.

AAA and IHS's predictions are based on economic statistics, while prediction of behavior is based on a survey of 1,350 households. 

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