AAA predicts 4 percent uptick in Labor Day travel

AAA predicts about 5.3 million people in the Pacific Region will hit the road this Labor Day, an uptick of about 6 percent from 2012 numbers.

Over 10 percent of the population in the region, which is comprised of Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington, is expected to be on the roads. Friday, Aug. 30, likely will be the busiest travel day. A trip constitutes a drive of at least 50 miles.

The reason for the uptick is predominantly due to a positive economic forecast. The date also impacts travelers. Labor Days that fall earlier in September typically see an increased number of travelers.

Nationwide, AAA analysts expect to see 34.1 million travelers, an increase of 4 percent from 2012.

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