Lansing Gas Prices See Small Spike for Labor Day

By: Alex Goldsmith Email
By: Alex Goldsmith Email
Prices at the pump tend to rise for Labor Day and this year was no exception, with an average increase of 10 cents area-wide. Overall, gasoline is a quarter per gallon higher than at the same time last year.

(AP (file))

Gas prices drifted higher for Labor Day weekend, but not nearly as severely in years past.

Lansing's average price per gallon was $2.78, up 10 cents since last Monday. That price is higher than the national average, which currently sits at $2.68.

In 3 of the past 4 years, gasoline in the area has risen ahead of Labor Day. Two years ago in 2008, gasoline spiked more than 50 cents right before Labor Day.

Although the spike was much mellower this year, prices are still 28 cents higher than they were a year ago.

Many local residents WILX talked to weren't caught off guard.

"They're a little bit higher," said Scott Schoonmaker. "I figured that they would be because it's the weekend. They'll probably go down in about a week."

"[Prices] were about what I'd expected," said Todd Woodard. "They are a little high, but they've been like that all week."

"I'm usually surprised anyway from what it used to be years ago," said Tim Ankney.

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