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Michigan motorists are paying less at the pump this Labor Day weekend than last year

Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

AAA predicts that 1.2 million Michiganders will travel this Labor Day weekend.  

More than 90 percent will be driving. 

Gasoline prices took their usual pre-holiday weekend jump earlier this week in Michigan.   The statewide average is about $3.75.

But Patrick DeHaan with GasBuddy.com says that’s not too bad.

“Keep in mind last year…prices were north of four dollars a gallon,” says DeHaan, “So prices this year are about 30 cents per gallon than where they were last year at this time.”

DeHaan says Michigan’s gasoline prices will probably dip a few cents each day through the holiday weekend.

DeHaan credits a calm 2013 hurricane season, fewer problems in the Middle East and fewer problems with the nation’s refineries. 

He says Michigan gasoline prices could dip below three dollars a gallon by Thanksgiving, as long as there are no major disruptions to system this fall.   Michigan's gasoline prices spiked over $4 this spring after problems forced two Midwestern oil refineries to shutdown for an extended period of time.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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