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Oregon gas prices top charts

Transportation — High do little to stop holiday travel, Oregon/Idaho AAA reports

Oregon has the highest gas prices in the 48 contiguous states for the second week in a row. With last week’s average at $3.89 a gallon for regular unleaded, only Hawaii ($4.30) and Alaska ($4.06) are more expensive. The average is down from July when it reached $3.89 a gallon but up from last year with an average of $3.72.

Comparatively, Washington’s average is $3.88, down from $3.90 last week and up from $3.76 last year.Photo Credit: PMG FILE PHOTO - Expensive travel - Oregon once again tops the list for highest gas prices in the continental United States. Followed by Washington, only Alaska and Hawaii have higher prices per gallon.

Nationally, the average price per gallon is at its lowest since February, with the price in Oregon lowest since late May. AAA Oregon/Idaho reports the high prices will have little impact on people’s travel habits and consumers will cut other areas of their travel budget to accommodate the prices.

AAA projected the number of Americans traveling Labor Day weekend would increase 1.3 percent from 2013 — approximately 34.7 million travelers or 10.9 percent of the population taking a trip at least 50 miles away from home. These numbers would be the largest holiday travel volume since 2008.

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