More people are projected to travel this Labor Day, a positive sign consumer spending is returning to normal.
According to AAA, 34.7 million are expected to travel at least 50 miles this holiday. A vast majority, 86 percent or 29.7 million, will be driving.
The total number of projected travelers this holiday represents a 1.3 percent increase over last year. It’s also the highest number if travelers for a Labor Day holiday since 2008, AAA said.
“As the economy makes modest gains, more Americans are joining the labor force this year,” AAA Chief Operating Officer Marshall L. Doney said in a statement. “With Labor Day symbolizing the American workers’ contributions to the strength and prosperity of our country, it’s only fitting that millions are choosing to celebrate this positive direction with an all-American road trip.”