Gas Prices Climb As Labor Day Nears

MEDFORD, Ore. — If you are one of the lucky people taking a long holiday weekend at the unofficial end of summer, you’ll want to pad your pockets a little more.

Gas in Oregon now sits 25 cents higher than the national average. Pump prices in Oregon and nationwide are on the rise, partly thanks to Isaac which moved in on the the Gulf Coast. The national average for regular unleaded climbed four cents this week to $3.67, while Oregon’s average gained three cents to $4.09.

It’s the first time Oregon’s average has been above the $4 mark since mid-June of this year. Kara Lee Whitt is headed to Stewart State Park for the holiday weekend and said driving is still the most cost effective alternative.

“Even with the gas prices so high, I mean they seem to be going back up again but it’s certainly cheaper than flying this weekend,” said Whitt.

AAA officials estimate the amount of people driving this labor day weekend will increase 3-percent from last year. That number equals to about 33 million drivers on the road.