Economic Recovery: Travel Up for Labor Day Weekend

August 30, 2013 Updated Aug 30, 2013 at 8:39 PM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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August 30, 2013 Updated Aug 30, 2013 at 8:39 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - If you're hitting the roads this holiday weekend, expect to join the millions traveling for Labor Day.

AAA forecasts a four-percent increase in travelers nationwide on the road from Labor Day weekend of 2012. About 34-million people are expected to drive over the holiday weekend.

That's the most amount of travelers for Labor Day since the recession began in 2008.

Steve Pacer, a representative for AAA, says that, "We have high consumer confidence, unemployment is down a little bit -- so all those things that might push people to travel, travel. So we're seeing travel up."

AAA adds that more than 2.5-million people plan to fly.

Gas prices in Western New York are currently about 10-cents cheaper than last year. However, prices could go back up, depending on how the U.S. responds to the crisis in Syria.