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Gas Prices Jump 20 Cents Ahead of Labor Day Weekend

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- It will cost you a bit more to fill up your car than earlier this week. Gas prices jumped 20 cents in the last couple days.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- It will cost you a bit more to fill up your car than earlier this week. Gas prices jumped 20 cents in the last couple days.

According to AAA, travel on this holiday will be up about 4 percent over last year, but that might not be the only reason behind an increase in fuel prices.

Escalating violence in Syria, plus possible U.S. involvement could be to blame for a spike in prices.

"The only reason that I can see is what's going on in the Middle East," says Mike Right with AAA. "The anxiety in the oil markets has caused a noticeable increase in crude oil in the last week or so and that's driven up wholesale gasoline prices."

And drivers have noticed the difference at the pump.

"I hate that it's up," says Shanna Sanders. She has a strict budget for gas, so an increase this week means her dollars don't go as far.

"Today I had $30. That's my budget for gas this week, so that's what I put in. Sometimes 30 will fill it up. Today it'll get me pretty close to a full tank, but not quite."

Sanders won't be traveling for this upcoming Labor Day Weekend, but AAA a estimates 34 million Americans will. Many people believe the holiday is to blame for the price hike. However, Mike Right disagrees.

"We have seen prices go up just as much as they have gone down just prior to a major holiday. I think there are other forces that are much more important that affect gasoline prices other than an upcoming holiday."

He also doesn't believe this week's price increase will last long enough to make Americans change their Labor Day travel plans.

Gas prices are higher this year than last year at this time, but just by about 3 cents.
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