AAA Travel predicts that 33 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more during the Labor Day holiday weekend, according to a recent press release. That number represents a 2.9% increase from the 32.1 million people who traveled last year.

AAA said total number of 2012 Labor Day holiday travelers is expected to reach a new post-recession high, and is the third increase in holiday travel this year, according to the AAA/IHS Global Insight 2012 Labor Day Holiday Travel Forecast. AAA’s Memorial Day and Independence Day holiday travel forecasts projected increases of 1.2% and 4.9%, respectively.

AAA attributed the increase in expected Labor Day holiday weekend travelers is driven by improving consumer confidence compared to one year ago and American’s unwavering desire to travel. The Labor Day holiday travel period is defined as Aug. 30 to Sept. 3.

“Travel is still within America’s discretionary spending budget,” AAA New Jersey Automobile Club Director of Public Affairs Cathleen Lewis said in the release.