Gas prices creeping up as Labor Day weekend approaches

Posted September 1, 2011 1:27 p.m. EDT
Updated September 1, 2011 6:06 p.m. EDT

Gas Prices

— Travel experts predict about 900,000 North Carolinians will fill up their gas tanks and hit the road over the Labor Day holiday. Gas prices fell in the first half of August, but they're creeping up again.

Driver Mitch Rosen said he was “relieved” Thursday to find gas for $3.61 at a Raleigh gas station on Duraleigh Road. 

“I expected at this point in history, gas would be much higher,” he said.

Another driver, Shirley Hackett, wasn’t as happy as she filled up at the same station.

“Oh my goodness. It's terrible,” she said.

Spending $3.61 per gallon is slightly lower than the average gas price in Raleigh, according to’s Fuel Tracker, but the price is slowly rising.

Hurricane Irene shut down oil refineries in the northeast, which could increase gas prices over the next few days. AAA Carolinas spokeswoman Jodi Woolard says drivers might pay a few more cents per gallon over the holiday.

There are no reported price spikes, but “you have to consider it's still up 98 cents over this time last year,” she said. Last Labor Day, the average price in Raleigh was $2.60 a gallon.

Hackett says gas prices won’t make a big difference in her Labor Day plans, but she wishes she could spend her money on other things, “like trips,” she said.