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LABOR DAY GAS PRICE JUMPS 10 CENTS IN YEAR, AAA FUEL GAUGE SHOWS

 ORLANDO, Fla., Aug. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The $1.198 national average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is the highest for a Labor Day holiday since 1990 and nearly a dime per gallon more than last year, the American Automobile Association reported today.
 AAA's Fuel Gauge Reports shows motorists haven't paid this much for self-serve unleaded since the price was $1.225 per gallon in January 1991.
 Self-serve regular unleaded is 5.5 cents higher than last month, when the July price was $1.143 per gallon.
 Compared to last Labor Day, the national average price for mid-grade self-serve unleaded increased 9.4 cents to $1.29 per gallon, and self- serve premium rose 8.9 cents to $1.371.
 The highest regional average price of regular self-serve unleaded gas is in the West at $1.288 per gallon, up 8.4 cents from last Labor Day, and lowest in the Southeast at $1.127, up 6.6 cents.
 Other average regional prices are: Great Lakes, $1.213 per gallon, up 13.5 cents; Midwest, $1.211, up 12.7 cents; Southwest, $1.193, up 7.3 cents; New England, $1.190, up 7.3 cents; and Mid-Atlantic, $1.162, up 7 cents.
 Full-serve regular unleaded is $1.435 per gallon, up 9 cents from a year ago. Mid-grade rose 8.2 cents to $1.528, and premium is up 8.3 cents to $1.587.
 Nationally, 67 percent of stations will be open over the Labor Day holiday and 34 percent will operate 24 hours, AAA said.
 The AAA Fuel Gauge survey was conducted by Computer Petroleum Corp. of St. Paul, Minn., which publishes the National Petroleum Price Index that monitors more than 90,000 daily wholesale and retail prices in the United States and Canada.
 AAA is a not-for-profit federation of 127 motor clubs with more than 1,000 offices providing nearly 36 million members in the U.S. and Canada with travel, insurance, financial and auto-related services.
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 /CONTACT: Jerry Cheske or Barbara Crystal, American Automobile Association, 407-444-8000/


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