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AAA survey says travel up Labor Day Weekend

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

A new study by AAA Travel is anticipating a 4.2 percent increase in Americans who will travel Labor Day weekend.  If so, the number of 2013 Labor Day travelers will be a new post-recession high, with around 34.1 million people traveling over the long weekend.

The increase in holiday travel is likely caused by increased consumer spending; as the housing market begins to recover, giving Americans a better outlook on the economy. 85 percent of people are driving to their destinations, with lower gas prices being a big factor, down .18 cents from last year.

However, according to AAA's Leisure Travel Index, car rentals, airfare and hotels are all up in price from last year.

The average traveler is predicted to go about 594 miles there and back, and spend a little over $800 dollars on their trip.

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