Statewide prices lowest in 11 years for gasoline
$2.19 at some Louisa stations today!
LOUISA, Ky. — Gas prices are down and the weekend weather is predicted to be hot and humid for labor day weekend in the Louisa-Lawrence County-Ft. Gay area for 2015.
The best news is the price of gasoline, a staple for nearly all rural families.
Gasoline prices for the Labor Day weekend are expected to be the lowest in more than a decade across Kentucky and most of the nation.
Motorists continue to benefit from the low price of crude oil. The national average gas price is currently $2.44 a gallon, down almost $1 from last year. At that price, drivers will pay less for gas than any Labor Day weekend since 2004.
According to AAA’s statistics, the average gas price in Kentucky was $2.32 on Wednesday, compared to $3.36 a year ago. Except for Ohio, the state has the lowest prices in the AAA East Central region.
According to GasBuddy.com, average gas prices in Kentucky on Wednesday ranged from $1.95 per gallon to $2.32. Paducah’s prices were among the lowest in the Purchase area, ranging from $2 to $2.09. Mayfield’s prices were between $2.14 and $2.19, and Benton’s between $2.16 and $2.19. In Murray, prices ranged between $2.09 and $2.18.
Across the river in Metropolis, Illinois, gas was more costly with prices between $2.38 and $2.49.
More than 35.5 million Americans are expected to travel over the holiday, which AAA Travel says would be the highest volume since Labor Day 2008. The vast majority, about 30.4 million, will be driving.
The Paducah Sun
Labor Day is observed the first Monday of September. It is a day to celebrate the American labor movement and the achievement of workers. It also marks the end of the summer season. It is a federal holiday. All government offices and many businesses are closed.
Labor Day originated by the Knights of Labor and the Central Labor Union. Oregon was the first state to make it a holiday on February 21, 1887. In 1894, it became a federal holiday, officially celebrated by thirty states. It was approved as a national holiday following the deaths of workers from the U.S. Marshals and military during the Pullman Strike.