Americans hitting the road for Labor Day

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Around 33 million Americans will hit the road for Labor Day, traveling more than 50 miles from home over the weekend, according to a new survey from AAA. That's up nearly 3% over last year.

It's the third straight holiday in which the number of travelers rose, following Memorial Day and Independence Day.

AAA noted the rise in travel comes in the face of a sluggish economy and recent rising gas prices. Instead it credited increased consumer confidence and the innate American urge to get out and travel.

“Although overall economic growth continues to move at a sluggish pace, it is encouraging to see so many Americans value and prioritize travel,” said Brent Hubele, vice president, AAA Travel, The Auto Club Group. “The health of the travel and tourism industry is a vital contributor to our economic recovery and supports almost 8 million jobs across the nation.”

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