Weak Economy Causing More Travelers To Stay Home

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - While Labor Day weekend is typically the last chance for people to get away for the summer, this Labor Day seems to be more like a "staycation" for most.

"Just cook out and stay home," one Midland resident, said.

"We usually just BBQ, since my husband is working this year," Resident, Stevana Gonzalez, said.

"I don't feel like going out and doing anything," Resident, Andre Hernandez, said.

According to the American Automobile Association, Americans traveling on Labor Day weekend decreased 15% this year due to the slow economy, and most West Texans say that staying put is the way to go.

"Gas prices are too high, so we just stay home and enjoy each other," another Midland resident, said.
Others say, they'd rather sacrifice their holiday weekend to pull in some extra hours at work.

"Trying to get extra hours, earn more cash here and there," Gonzalez said.

"Things are a lot rougher now. It's better to not do anything than to spend your money. It's better to just save," Hernandez said.

For most people, staying low key this Labor Day weekend seems to be the trend to ride out the stormy economy.