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Labor Day weekend gas prices not bad

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Chevron GM Food Mart at Buena Vista Street and Olive Avenue September 1, 2011

Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Chevron GM Food Mart at Buena Vista Street and Olive Avenue September 1, 2011

Okay, we’re not seeing self-serve regular for $2 a gallon — but under $4 a gallon is still a good buy. A short while ago, regular gasoline at the pump appeared to be headed for the $5 a gallon mark.

The national average for regular today is $3.6, according to triple A.  However, on Labor Day weekend last year the average price was $2.6 a gallon for regular.

The same trend can be seen on the state and local levels. The Auto Club reports the state average for regular today $3.9 a gallon — a year ago at this time, $3 a gallon. In the Los Angeles-Long Beach area (which includes Burbank) the average price for regular is $3.9 — a year ago it was $3 a gallon. Those numbers are the same for Orange County as well.

In these tough economic times, which seem to be getting tougher, consumers could really use a serious break on fuel prices. Perhaps $3 a gallon regular gas will make a comeback soon. I hope so. Drive safely and enjoy the holiday weekend.

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