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U.S. Vehicle Travel Decreased 0.9 Percent In November

U.S. vehicle travel fell 0.9 percent, or 2.1 billion vehicle miles, in November 2011 as compared to a year earlier, according to data from the Federal Highway Administration. The South Gulf region was the hardest hit with travel down 1.7 percent, followed closely by the South Atlantic with a 1.6-percent drop. Travel in the North Central region was down 0.7 percent, and the West came in with a 0.3-percent decrease. Travel was up in the Northeast, albeit at a paltry 0.1 percent. Through the first 11 months of 2011, total U.S. travel was down 1.4 percent, or 38.3 billion vehicle miles.