AAA: Labor Day Gas Prices Likely to be Lowest in Years


Visit the AAA Georgia Newsroom

Atlanta, Ga., (August 26, 2019) — Labor Day is quickly approaching and gas prices for the holiday weekend are lining up to be the lowest in 2-3 years. However, there are still a number of factors that could push prices higher before the holiday. 

Today, the average price for gasoline in Georgia is $2.42 per gallon.  Drivers are currently paying 28 cents less than they did on Labor Day 2018 ($2.70) and 27 cents less than on Labor Day 2017($2.69).

“Labor Day travelers will benefit from lower oil prices this year as they fill up for their holiday road trip,” said Montrae Waiters, spokeswoman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Strong US oil production rates are holding oil prices about 15% below last year’s levels, effectively reducing the price of producing gasoline. Gas prices should remain low heading into the holiday, unless something unexpected threatens fuel supplies, like geopolitical tensions or a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico.”

Labor Day marks the end of the busy summer travel season, and the last big surge in gasoline demand before the fall. The expectation of strong demand can promote a slight and temporary bump at the pump before the holiday. However, after Labor Day, refineries begin their seasonal switch to winter-blend gasoline. Summer-blend gasoline is more expensive to produce than winter-blend, because the EPA requires more additives in the hotter months of the year. The combination of lower demand and fuel production costs typically restores downward pressure on pump prices through the end of the year. 

Regional Prices

  • Most expensive Georgia metro markets –Atlanta ($2.47), Hinesville-Fort Stewart ($2.46) and Macon ($2.45).
  • Least expensive Georgia metro markets – Catoosa-Dade-Walker ($2.22), Dalton ($2.23) and Augusta-Aiken ($2.28).                      

CURRENT AND PAST PRICE AVERAGES (Regular Unleaded Gasoline) 

Sunday Saturday Week Ago Month Ago One Year Ago 2018 High Record High
National $2.59 $2.59 $2.62 $2.75 $2.83 $2.97 (5/26/2018) $4.11   (7/17/2008)
Georgia $2.42 $2.42 $2.46 $2.63 $2.69 $2.84 (5/27/2018) $4.16   (9/15/2008)
Click here to view current gasoline price averages

Find Georgia Gas Prices

  • Daily gas price averages can be found at
  • State and metro averages can be found here

Gas Price Survey Methodology
AAA updates fuel price averages daily at Every day up to 130,000 stations are surveyed based on credit card swipes and direct feeds in cooperation with the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) and Wright Express for unmatched statistical reliability. All average retail prices in this report are for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline.

About The Auto Club Group

The Auto Club Group (ACG) is the second largest AAA club in North America. ACG and its affiliates provide membership, insurance, financial services and travel offerings to over 9.9 million members across eleven states and two U.S. territories including Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; most of Illinois and Minnesota; and a portion of Indiana. ACG belongs to the national AAA federation with more than 59 million members in the United States and Canada and whose mission includes protecting and advancing freedom of mobility and improving traffic safety. Motorists can map a route, identify gas prices, find discounts, book a hotel, and access AAA roadside assistance with the AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Learn more at Visit AAA on the Internet at

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.