Holiday travelers found the most expensive Labor Day gas prices in seven years, according to AAA-The Auto Club Group.
Prices at the pump were now averaging $3.02 per gallon in Florida on Monday. That’s 83 cents more than last year’s holiday, and 58 cents more than what drivers paid during the 2019 holiday weekend.
Florida’s gas price average shot up 8 cents after Hurricane Ida’s impact on the Gulf coast left nine crude oil refineries offline. This resulted in an outage of about 13% of total U.S. refining capacity.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, four of the nine refineries had begun the process of restarting as of Monday. The DOE says it could take several days for those refineries to produce at full rates. Meanwhile, five refineries near New Orleans remained shut due to issues including power outages. These plants account for 6% of total U.S. refining capacity.
The most expensive metro markets for gas in Florida were West Palm Beach-Boca Raton ($3.16), Panama City ($3.09) and Tallahassee ($3.06). The least expensive metro markets were Punta Gorda ($2.96), Jacksonville ($2.98), Orlando ($2.98) and Fort Myers-Cape Coral ($2.99).
Daily gas price averages can be found at Gasprices.aaa.com.