Average price of gasoline in state: $3.40

BELLEVUE — The AAA auto club reports the average price of a gallon of gasoline in Washington is $3.40.

That’s down 6 cents in a month and it’s 2 cents lower than a year ago. It’s 11 cents higher than the national average.

Some metro prices from Wednesday’s AAA survey: Bellingham $3.56, Bellevue $3.45, Seattle-Bellevue-Everett $3.45, Tacoma $3.43, Olympia $3.44, Vancouver $3.37, Yakima $3.31, Tri-Cities $3.24, Spokane $3.14.

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