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S.C. gas prices cheapest in the nation

May 26, 2011 12:27:00 AM - thestate.com
More travelers are expected to hit the road – and the skies – this Memorial Day weekend.

That increased travel, vital to the economy of a state with a huge tourism sector, comes as gas prices in South Carolina have fallen to the cheapest in the nation and more people are finding jobs, according to AAA Carolinas.

“People are feeling more confident” about spending as the state’s jobless rate continues to fall, dropping to 9.8 percent last month, spokesman Brendan Byrnes said.

“Unemployment rates affect travel a little bit more than gas prices,” he said.

About 423,000 South Carolinians are expected to hit the roads today – 3 percent more than last Memorial Day – in advance of Monday’s holiday.

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