Gasoline was more costly this year in Olympia

The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded in the Olympia area has increased to $3.18, up nearly 40 cents from the same period last year, according to AAA's daily fuel gauge report.

The average price a year ago in the Olympia area was $2.79, the data show. The $3.18 price is unchanged from Tuesday; it cost $3.16 last week and $3.11 last month.

The all-time high for the Olympia area was $4.39, which was set on June 30, 2008. The record high for diesel was set the following month at $4.98.