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Labor Day travel numbers remain high, despite economy

Thousands of people will be hitting the road this Labor Day weekend. The shaky economy isn't keeping too many people at home this year. AAA says about 660,000 people will travel this year. That's roughly three-percent fewer than last year. Pam Mo...

Thousands of people will be hitting the road this Labor Day weekend. The shaky economy isn't keeping too many people at home this year.

AAA says about 660,000 people will travel this year. That's roughly three-percent fewer than last year.

Pam Moen is a spokeswoman for AAA. She says that's pretty good considering gas prices in the state are more than one-dollar higher than they were a year ago.

"People have adjusted somewhat to this year's higher gas prices," she said. "And people are also going to find ways to do what they want to do, and get out and enjoy the summer with their families and get their long weekends and their vacations in, they may just do it a little bit differently."

That includes not driving as far. AAA estimates the average person in Wisconsin will travel about 600 miles this weekend. That's down from last year by about 30 miles.

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Moen says gas prices have been unusually high all summer in Wisconsin. She says that's because several refineries that supply the Midwest have had a series of outages that have disrupted supplies and driven up prices.

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