Consumer Price Index News Release


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                 Consumer Price Index - December 2009

 On a seasonally adjusted basis, the December Consumer Price Index for
 All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) rose 0.1 percent, the U.S. Bureau of
 Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the index
 increased 2.7 percent before seasonal adjustment.
 
 The seasonally adjusted increase in the all items index was broad
 based, with the indexes for food, energy, and all items less food and
 energy all posting modest increases. Within the latter group, a sharp
 rise in the index for used cars and trucks was the largest
 contributor to the 0.1 percent increase, while the indexes for
 airline fares, apparel, and lodging away from home rose as well. In
 contrast, the indexes for rent and owners' equivalent rent were
 unchanged and the index for new vehicles declined.
 
 Grocery store food indexes showed broad-based increases, leading to
 the food index rising 0.2 percent, its largest one-month advance in
 over a year. The energy index also rose 0.2 percent; this was its
 smallest increase in five months. The indexes for fuel oil and
 gasoline rose, but the electricity index was unchanged and the
 natural gas index declined.


 Table A. Percent changes in CPI for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): U.S. city
 average
                                                                               
                                                                               
                                  Seasonally adjusted changes from             
                                          preceding month                      
                                                                          Un-  
                                                                       adjusted
                                                                        12-mos.
                              June  July  Aug.  Sep.  Oct.  Nov.  Dec.   ended 
                              2009  2009  2009  2009  2009  2009  2009   Dec.  
                                                                         2009  
                                                                                                                                                              
 All items..................    .7    .0    .4    .2    .3    .4    .1      2.7
  Food......................    .0   -.3    .1   -.1    .1    .1    .2      -.5
   Food at home.............    .0   -.5    .0   -.3    .0    .0    .3     -2.4
   Food away from home (1)..    .1    .1    .1    .1    .1    .2    .1      1.9
  Energy....................   7.4   -.4   4.6    .6   1.5   4.1    .2     18.2
   Energy commodities.......  16.2   -.4   8.5   1.1   1.9   6.3    .5     46.5
    Gasoline (all types)....  17.3   -.8   9.1   1.0   1.6   6.4    .2     53.5
    Fuel oil................   4.8  -1.5   6.2   1.5   6.3   9.0   1.1      6.5
   Energy services..........  -1.2   -.3    .0    .1    .9   1.4   -.1     -5.4
    Electricity.............  -1.9   -.6   -.1    .6    .6   1.4    .0      -.5
    Utility (piped) gas                                                        
       service..............   1.3    .9    .4  -1.7   1.9   1.5   -.7    -18.1
  All items less food and                                                      
     energy.................    .2    .1    .1    .2    .2    .0    .1      1.8
   Commodities less food and                                                   
      energy commodities....    .3    .2   -.3    .3    .4    .2    .2      3.0
    New vehicles............    .7    .5  -1.3    .4   1.6    .6   -.3      4.9
    Used cars and trucks....    .9    .0   1.9   1.6   3.4   2.0   2.5      9.2
    Apparel.................    .7    .6   -.1    .1   -.4   -.3    .4      1.9
    Medical care commodities    .1   -.1    .5    .6    .2    .0   -.1      3.3
   Services less energy                                                        
      services..............    .1    .0    .2    .1    .1    .0    .1      1.4
    Shelter.................    .1   -.2    .1    .0    .0   -.2    .0       .3
    Transportation services    -.1    .5    .6    .7    .4    .6    .3      3.9
    Medical care services...    .2    .3    .2    .4    .2    .4    .2      3.4

   1 Not seasonally adjusted.



  Year in Review

 For the 12 month period ending December 2009, the CPI-U rose 2.7
 percent, compared to 0.1 percent for 2008.  The larger increase was
 primarily due to the energy index, which rose 18.2 percent during
 2009 after falling 21.3 percent in 2008. The energy upturn was caused
 by the gasoline index, which rose 53.5 percent in 2009 after
 declining 43.1 percent in 2008. The household energy index, in
 contrast, declined 4.9 percent during 2009 with the index for natural
 gas falling 18.1 percent and the electricity index declining 0.5
 percent. The food index, which rose 5.9 percent in 2008, fell 0.5
 percent for the 12 months ending December 2009, the first December-to-
 December decline since 1961. The index for food away from home rose
 1.9 percent while the food at home index fell 2.4 percent. Within
 food at home, all six major grocery food groups posted declines in
 2009 after rising in 2008. The dairy and related products group
 declined the most, falling 7.6 percent, its largest annual decline
 since 1938.
 
 The index for all items less food and energy rose 1.8 percent during
 2009, the same increase as in 2008. This identical increase was the
 result of offsetting factors. Pushing the index higher were vehicle
 prices, which rose in 2009 after declining in 2008. The indexes for
 new vehicles rose 4.9 percent in 2009 and the index for used cars and
 trucks increased 9.2 percent. Additionally, the apparel index turned
 up in 2009, rising 1.9 percent after declining in each of the
 previous two years. The medical care index rose more rapidly in 2009,
 increasing 3.4 percent after a 2.6 percent increase the previous
 year, and the tobacco index increased 30.1 percent in 2009 after
 rising 6.3 percent in 2008. Largely offsetting these accelerations
 was the shelter index, which posted its smallest annual increase
 since its inception in 1953. It increased only 0.3 percent after
 increasing 1.9 percent in 2008, with the indexes for both rent and
 owners' equivalent rent increasing 0.7 percent. Also, the indexes for
 recreation and for household furnishings and operations both declined
 in 2009 after rising in 2008.


  Consumer Price Index Data for December 2009

 Food
 
 The food index rose 0.2 percent in December after rising 0.1 percent
 in each of the previous two months. The food at home index increased
 0.3 percent, its largest increase since October 2008. Among the major
 grocery store food groups, the index for meats, poultry, fish, and
 eggs was unchanged while the other five groups all posted increases.
 The index for cereals and bakery products rose 0.6 percent, while the
 dairy and related products index increased 0.5 percent after
 declining 0.7 percent in November. The indexes for fruits and
 vegetables and for other food at home both rose 0.3 percent while the
 index for nonalcoholic beverages increased 0.2 percent. The index for
 food away from home increased in December, rising 0.1 percent after
 increasing 0.2 percent in November.
 
 Energy
 
 The energy index, which increased 4.1 percent in November, rose 0.2
 percent in December. The index for energy commodities increased 0.5
 percent, with the gasoline index rising 0.2 percent after increasing
 6.4 percent in November. (Before seasonal adjustment, gasoline prices
 declined 1.5 percent in December.) The index for household energy was
 unchanged in December. The fuel oil index rose 1.1 percent after a
 9.0 percent increase in the previous month, but the index for natural
 gas fell 0.7 percent.  The index for electricity, which increased 1.4
 percent in November, was unchanged in December.
 
 
 
 All items less food and energy
 
 The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.1 percent in
 December after being unchanged in November. The index for used cars
 and trucks rose 2.5 percent in December, accounting for almost half
 of the increase in the all items less food and energy index. The
 index for airline fares also continued to rise, increasing 2.4
 percent in December after advancing 3.8 percent in November. Also
 increasing were the apparel index, which rose 0.4 percent, and the
 medical care index, which rose 0.1 percent. The shelter index, which
 declined 0.2 percent in November, was unchanged in December. The
 indexes for rent and owners' equivalent rent were both unchanged
 after declining in November, while the index for lodging away from
 home rose 0.5 percent in December. The index for new vehicles
 declined in December, falling 0.3 percent after increasing in each of
 the previous three months. The recreation index also declined in
 December, falling 0.4 percent as televisions, sporting goods and toys
 were among many recreation components that posted declines.
 
 
 Not seasonally adjusted CPI measures
 
 The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased
 2.7 percent over the last 12 months to an index level of 215.949
 (1982-84=100). For the month, the index decreased 0.2 percent prior
 to seasonal adjustment.
 
 The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers
 (CPI-W) increased 3.4 percent over the last 12 months to an index
 level of 211.703 (1982-84=100). For the month, the index decreased
 0.1 percent prior to seasonal adjustment.
 
 The Chained Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (C-CPI-U)
 increased 2.8 percent over the last 12 months. For the month, the
 index declined 0.2 percent on a not seasonally adjusted basis. Please
 note that the indexes for the post-2007 period are subject to
 revision.
 
 
 The Consumer Price Index for January 2010 is scheduled to be released
 on Friday, February 19, 2010, at 8:30 a.m. (EST).

















 Item Structure and publication changes for January 2010
 
 Effective with the release of CPI data for January 2010 scheduled for
 Friday, February 19, the BLS will introduce several item structure
 and other publication changes into the CPI.
 
 Shelter. The expenditure weight for second homes will be moved from
 Lodging away from home to a new, unpriced stratum under the Owners'
 equivalent rent expenditure class. As such, the expenditure class
 index for Owners' equivalent rent will now include both primary and
 secondary homes, and the title of that expenditure class index will
 change from Owners' equivalent rent of primary residences to Owners'
 equivalent rent of residences. Both the expenditure class (Owners'
 equivalent rent of residences), and the Owners' equivalent rent of
 primary residence stratum within it, will be published.
 
 Current Structure
 Lodging away from home
   Housing at school, excluding board
   Other lodging away from home including hotels and motels
 
 Owners' equivalent rent of primary residence
   Owners' equivalent rent of primary residence*
 
 New Structure
 Lodging away from home
   Housing at school, excluding board
   Other lodging away from home, including hotels and motels
 
 Owners' equivalent rent of residences
   Owners' equivalent rent of primary residence
   Unsampled owners' equivalent rent of secondary residences*
 
 
 Medical care commodities. The item structure for Medical care
 commodities will change:
 
 Current Structure
 Medical care commodities
       Prescription drugs
          Prescription drugs
          Unsampled rent or repair of medical equipment*
       Nonprescription drugs and medical supplies
         Internal and respiratory OTC drugs
         Nonprescription medical equipment and supplies
 
 New Structure
 Medical Care Commodities
    Medicinal drugs
       Prescription drugs
       Nonprescription drugs
    Medical equipment and supplies
      Medical equipment and supplies
      Unsampled rent or repair of medical equipment*
 
 Telephone services. The item structure for telephone services will
 also change:
 
 Current structure
 Telephone services
     Land-line telephone services, local charges
     Land-line telephone services, long distance
     Wireless telephone services
 
 New structure
 Telephone services
     Wireless telephone services
     Land-line telephone services
 
 Indexes that are deemed continuous will have the same reference base
 previously used. New index series will have a December 2009 = 100
 reference base. Unpublished series are indicated with a *.
 
 Other publication changes
 The index for State and local registration and license will be
 retitled State motor vehicle registration and license fees.
 
 A new index for Intracity mass transit will be published.  Indexes
 for Land-line interstate toll calls and Land-line intrastate toll
 calls will be discontinued.
 
 
 Expenditure Weight Update
 
 Effective with the release of the January 2010 CPI on February 19,
 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) will update the
 consumption expenditure weights in the Consumer Price Index for All
 Urban Consumers (CPI-U) and Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage
 Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) to the 2007-08 period. The
 updated expenditure weights for these indexes will replace the 2005-
 2006 weights that were introduced effective with the January 2008 CPI
 release.  As originally announced by BLS in December 1998, CPI
 expenditure weights will continue to be updated at two-year
 intervals.
 
 
 Facilities for Sensory Impaired
 
 Information from this release will be made available to sensory
 impaired individuals upon request.  Voice phone:  202-691-5200,
 Federal Relay Services:  1-800-877-8339.
 
 
 Brief Explanation of the CPI
      
 The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a measure of the average change in
 prices over time of goods and services purchased by households.  The
 Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes CPIs for two population groups:
 (1) the CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W),
 which covers households of wage earners and clerical workers that
 comprise approximately 32 percent of the total population and (2) the
 CPI for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) and the Chained CPI for All Urban
 Consumers (C-CPI-U), which cover approximately 87 percent of the
 total population and include in addition to wage earners and clerical
 worker households, groups such as professional, managerial, and
 technical workers, the self-employed, short-term workers, the
 unemployed, and retirees and others not in the labor force.
     
 The CPIs are based on prices of food, clothing, shelter, and fuels,
 transportation fares, charges for doctors' and dentists' services,
 drugs, and other goods and services that people buy for day-to-day
 living.  Prices are collected each month in 87 urban areas across the
 country from about 4,000 housing units and approximately 25,000
 retail establishments-department stores, supermarkets, hospitals,
 filling stations, and other types of stores and service
 establishments.  All taxes directly associated with the purchase and
 use of items are included in the index.  Prices of fuels and a few
 other items are obtained every month in all 87 locations.  Prices of
 most other commodities and services are collected every month in the
 three largest geographic areas and every other month in other areas.
 Prices of most goods and services are obtained by personal visits or
 telephone calls of the Bureau's trained representatives.
      
 In calculating the index, price changes for the various items in each
 location are averaged together with weights, which represent their
 importance in the spending of the appropriate population group.
 Local data are then combined to obtain a U.S. city average.  For the
 CPI-U and CPI-W separate indexes are also published by size of city,
 by region of the country, for cross-classifications of regions and
 population-size classes, and for 27 local areas.  Area indexes do not
 measure differences in the level of prices among cities; they only
 measure the average change in prices for each area since the base
 period.  For the C-CPI-U data are issued only at the national level.
 It is important to note that the CPI-U and CPI-W are considered final
 when released, but the C-CPI-U is issued in preliminary form and
 subject to two annual revisions.
      
 The index measures price change from a designed reference date.  For
 the CPI-U and the CPI-W the reference base is 1982-84 equals 100.0.
 The reference base for the C-CPI-U is December 1999 equals 100.  An
 increase of 16.5 percent from the reference base, for example, is
 shown as 116.5.  This change can also be expressed in dollars as
 follows:  the price of a base period market basket of goods and
 services in the CPI has risen from $10 in 1982-84 to $11.65.
      
 For further details visit the CPI home page on the Internet at
 http://www.bls.gov/cpi/ or contact our CPI Information and Analysis
 Section on (202) 691-7000.
 
 
 Note on Sampling Error in the Consumer Price Index
                                   
 The CPI is a statistical estimate that is subject to sampling error
 because it is based upon a sample of retail prices and not the
 complete universe of all prices.  BLS calculates and publishes
 estimates of the 1-month, 2-month, 6-month and 12-month percent
 change standard errors annually, for the CPI-U.  These standard error
 estimates can be used to construct confidence intervals for
 hypothesis testing.  For example, the estimated standard error of the
 1 month percent change is 0.04 percent for the U.S. All Items
 Consumer Price Index.  This means that if we repeatedly sample from
 the universe of all retail prices using the same methodology, and
 estimate a percentage change for each sample, then 95% of these
 estimates would be within 0.08 percent of the 1 month percentage
 change based on all retail prices.  For example, for a 1-month change
 of 0.2 percent in the All Items CPI for All Urban Consumers, we are
 95 percent confident that the actual percent change based on all
 retail prices would fall between 0.12 and 0.28 percent.  For the
 latest data, including information on how to use the estimates of
 standard error, see "Variance Estimates for Price Changes in the
 Consumer Price Index, January-December 2008".  These data are
 available on the CPI home page (http://www.bls.gov/cpi), or by using
 the following link http://www.bls.gov/cpi/cpivar2008.pdf
     

 Calculating Index Changes
 
 Movements of the indexes from one month to another are usually
 expressed as percent changes rather than changes in index points,
 because index point changes are affected by the level of the index in
 relation to its base period while percent changes are not.  The
 example below illustrates the computation of index point and percent
 changes.
      
  Percent changes for 3-month and 6-month periods are expressed as
 annual rates and are computed according to the standard formula for
 compound growth rates.  These data indicate what the percent change
 would be if the current rate were maintained for a 12-month period.
 
 Index Point Change
 
 CPI
 202.416
 Less previous index
 201.800
 Equals index point change
 .616
 
 Percent Change
 
 Index point difference
 .616
 Divided by the previous index
 201.800
 Equals
 0.003
 Results multiplied by one hundred
 0.003x100
 Equals percent change
 0.3



Regions Defined

The states in the four regions shown in Tables 3 and 6 are listed
below.

The Northeast--Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New
York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
The Midwest--Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota,
Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
The South--Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky,
Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South
Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District
of Columbia.
The West--Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho,
Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.


 A Note on Seasonally Adjusted and Unadjusted Data
 
 Because price data are used for different purposes by different
 groups, the Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes seasonally adjusted
 as well as unadjusted changes each month.
 
 For analyzing general price trends in the economy, seasonally
 adjusted changes are usually preferred since they eliminate the
 effect of changes that normally occur at the same time and in about
 the same magnitude every year--such as price movements resulting from
 changing climatic conditions, production cycles, model changeovers,
 holidays, and sales.
 
 The unadjusted data are of primary interest to consumers concerned
 about the prices they actually pay.  Unadjusted data also are used
 extensively for escalation purposes.  Many collective bargaining
 contract agreements and pension plans, for example, tie compensation
 changes to the Consumer Price Index before adjustment for seasonal
 variation.
 
 Seasonal factors used in computing the seasonally adjusted indexes
 are derived by the X-12-ARIMA Seasonal Adjustment Method.  Seasonally
 adjusted indexes and seasonal factors are computed annually.  Each
 year, the last 5 years of seasonally adjusted data are revised.  Data
 from January 2004 through December 2008 were replaced in January
 2009.  Exceptions to the usual revision schedule were: the updated
 seasonal data at the end of 1977 replaced data from 1967 through
 1977; and, in January 2002, dependently seasonally adjusted series
 were revised for January 1987-December 2001 as a result of a change
 in the aggregation weights for dependently adjusted series. For
 further information, please see "Aggregation of Dependently Adjusted
 Seasonally Adjusted Series," in the October 2001 issue of the CPI
 Detailed Report.
 
 The seasonal movement of all items and 54 other aggregations is
 derived by combining the seasonal movement of 73 selected components.
 Each year the seasonal status of every series is reevaluated based
 upon certain statistical criteria.  If any of the 73 components
 change their seasonal adjustment status from seasonally adjusted to
 not seasonally adjusted, not seasonally adjusted data will be used in
 the aggregation of the dependent series for the last 5 years, but the
 seasonally adjusted indexes will be used before that period.  Note:
 47 of the 73 components are seasonally adjusted for 2009.
 
 Seasonally adjusted data, including the all items index levels, are
 subject to revision for up to five years after their original
 release.  For this reason, BLS advises against the use of these data
 in escalation agreements.
 
 Effective with the calculation of the seasonal factors for 1990, the
 Bureau of Labor Statistics has used an enhanced seasonal adjustment
 procedure called Intervention Analysis Seasonal Adjustment for some
 CPI series.  Intervention Analysis Seasonal Adjustment allows for
 better estimates of seasonally adjusted data.  Extreme values and/or
 sharp movements which might distort the seasonal pattern are
 estimated and removed from the data prior to calculation of seasonal
 factors.  Beginning with the calculation of seasonal factors for
 1996, X-12-ARIMA software was used for Intervention Analysis Seasonal
 Adjustment.
 
 For the seasonal factors introduced in January 2009, BLS adjusted 29
 series using Intervention Analysis Seasonal Adjustment, including
 selected food and beverage items, motor fuels, electricity and
 vehicles.  For example, this procedure was used for the Motor fuel
 series to offset the effects of events such as damage to oil
 refineries from Hurricane Katrina.

 For a complete list of Intervention Analysis Seasonal Adjustment
 series and explanations, please refer to the article "Intervention
 Analysis Seasonal Adjustment", located on our website at
 http://www.bls.gov/cpi/cpisapage.htm.
 
 For additional information on seasonal adjustment in the CPI, please
 write to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Division of Consumer Prices
 and Price Indexes, Washington, DC 20212 or contact Jeff Wilson at
 (202) 691-6968, or by e-mail at Wilson.Jeff@bls.gov.  If you have
 general questions about the CPI, please call our information staff at
 (202) 691-7000.
 
 
 Recalculated Seasonally Adjusted Indexes to be Available on February
 17, 2010
 
 Each year with the release of the January CPI, seasonal adjustment
 factors are recalculated to reflect price movements from the just-
 completed calendar year. This routine annual recalculation may result
 in revisions to seasonally adjusted indexes for the previous 5 years.
 BLS will make available recalculated seasonally adjusted indexes, as
 well as recalculated seasonal adjustment factors, for the period
 January 2005 through December 2009, on Wednesday, February 17, 2010.
 This date is two working days before the scheduled release of the
 January 2010 CPI on Friday, February 19, 2010.
 
 The revised indexes and seasonal factors will be available on the
 internet. The address is
 http://www.bls.gov/cpi/cpisapage.htm. Look under Seasonal Adjustment
 in the CPI and select Revised Seasonally Adjusted Indexes and
 Factors, 2005-2009.
 
 For further information please contact David Levin by electronic mail
 at: Levin.David@bls.gov or by telephone at: (202) 691-5261.



 Table 1. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): U.S. city average, by expenditure category and commodity
 and service group

 (1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted)
                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                        
                                                                                    Unadjusted                          
                                                             Unadjusted indexes   percent change   Seasonally adjusted  
                                                 Relative                          to Dec. 2009    percent change from- 
                     CPI-U                     importance,                            from-                             
                                                 December                                                               
                                                   2008       Nov.       Dec.                      Sep.    Oct.    Nov. 
                                                              2009       2009      Dec.    Nov.     to      to      to  
                                                                                   2008    2009    Oct.    Nov.    Dec. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                        
             Expenditure category                                                                                       
                                                                                                                        
 All items....................................    100.000    216.330    215.949     2.7    -0.2     0.3     0.4     0.1 
 All items (1967=100).........................          -    648.028    646.887       -       -       -       -       - 
                                                                                                                        
  Food and beverages..........................     15.757    217.733    218.049    -0.4     0.1     0.1     0.1     0.2 
   Food.......................................     14.629    217.265    217.637    -0.5     0.2     0.1     0.1     0.2 
    Food at home..............................      8.156    212.816    213.359    -2.4     0.3     0.0     0.0     0.3 
     Cereals and bakery products..............      1.150    250.600    251.019    -0.8     0.2     0.0     0.1     0.6 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs...........      1.898    201.202    201.003    -3.8    -0.1    -0.2     0.3     0.0 
     Dairy and related products (1)...........       .910    193.914    194.792    -7.6     0.5     1.0    -0.7     0.5 
     Fruits and vegetables....................      1.194    269.832    273.189    -3.0     1.2    -0.7     0.1     0.3 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                
         materials............................       .982    161.358    161.216    -0.9    -0.1    -0.2    -0.3     0.2 
     Other food at home.......................      2.022    189.640    189.921    -0.1     0.1     0.3    -0.2     0.3 
      Sugar and sweets........................       .300    198.227    198.712     2.8     0.2     0.3     0.7     0.4 
      Fats and oils...........................       .241    196.473    197.391    -4.5     0.5    -0.4    -0.3     1.0 
      Other foods.............................      1.481    203.671    203.832     0.0     0.1     0.4    -0.3     0.2 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)......       .433    121.263    122.422    -1.1     1.0     0.0    -0.7     1.0 
    Food away from home (1)...................      6.474    224.633    224.789     1.9     0.1     0.1     0.2     0.1 
     Other food away from home (1) (2)........       .314    157.027    156.990     1.9     0.0    -0.2     0.0     0.0 
   Alcoholic beverages........................      1.127    222.485    222.082     1.9    -0.2     0.3     0.4     0.0 
                                                                                                                        
  Housing.....................................     43.421    215.808    215.523    -0.3    -0.1     0.1     0.0     0.0 
   Shelter....................................     33.200    248.211    247.863     0.3    -0.1     0.0    -0.2     0.0 
    Rent of primary residence (3).............      5.957    248.886    248.999     0.7     0.0    -0.1    -0.1     0.0 
    Lodging away from home (2)................      2.478    125.426    122.638    -5.0    -2.2     0.4    -1.5     0.5 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                  
        residence (3) (4) (5).................     24.433    256.731    256.727     0.7     0.0     0.0    -0.1     0.0 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)..       .333    122.243    123.812     3.2     1.3     0.0     0.0     1.3 
   Fuels and utilities........................      5.431    208.955    208.760    -3.0    -0.1     1.2     1.5     0.0 
    Household energy..........................      4.460    185.165    184.886    -4.9    -0.2     1.3     1.8     0.0 
     Fuel oil and other fuels.................       .301    260.250    262.649     2.5     0.9     6.0     7.3     1.7 
     Gas (piped) and electricity (3)..........      4.159    189.166    188.724    -5.4    -0.2     0.9     1.4    -0.1 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                
        services (2)..........................       .971    164.962    165.204     5.6     0.1     0.8     0.2     0.3 
   Household furnishings and operations.......      4.790    127.265    127.119    -1.1    -0.1    -0.5    -0.3     0.0 
    Household operations (1) (2)..............       .781    150.135    150.172    -0.3     0.0    -0.2     0.0     0.0 
                                                                                                                        
  Apparel.....................................      3.691    122.465    119.357     1.9    -2.5    -0.4    -0.3     0.4 
   Men's and boys' apparel....................       .923    113.636    110.633    -0.1    -2.6    -0.6    -0.8    -0.1 
   Women's and girls' apparel.................      1.541    111.460    108.304     2.7    -2.8    -0.6    -0.8     0.9 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel.............       .183    116.312    112.695     0.1    -3.1    -1.5    -0.4    -0.5 
   Footwear...................................       .688    130.594    128.492     3.5    -1.6     0.2     0.7     0.1 
                                                                                                                        
  Transportation..............................     15.314    188.587    188.318    14.4    -0.1     1.4     2.3     0.4 
   Private transportation.....................     14.189    184.099    183.766    15.3    -0.2     1.4     2.3     0.3 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)...........      6.931     96.039     96.421     5.5     0.4     1.7     0.8     0.3 
     New vehicles.............................      4.480    138.831    138.857     4.9     0.0     1.6     0.6    -0.3 
     Used cars and trucks.....................      1.628    134.173    137.406     9.2     2.4     3.4     2.0     2.5 
    Motor fuel................................      3.164    228.050    224.730    50.7    -1.5     1.6     6.2     0.4 
     Gasoline (all types).....................      2.964    227.665    224.260    53.5    -1.5     1.6     6.4     0.2 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1).....       .382    134.234    134.781     1.3     0.4     0.2     0.4     0.4 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair (1)..      1.188    245.511    245.417     2.5     0.0     0.4     0.0     0.0 
   Public transportation......................      1.125    244.226    245.203     3.2     0.4     0.9     2.6     1.4 
                                                                                                                        
  Medical care................................      6.390    379.575    379.516     3.4     0.0     0.2     0.3     0.1 
   Medical care commodities...................      1.625    308.546    308.221     3.3    -0.1     0.2     0.0    -0.1 
   Medical care services......................      4.765    401.392    401.452     3.4     0.0     0.2     0.4     0.2 
    Professional services.....................      2.702    321.473    321.827     2.5     0.1     0.2     0.2     0.1 
    Hospital and related services (3).........      1.545    581.603    581.968     7.1     0.1     0.2     0.8     0.5 
                                                                                                                        
  Recreation (2)..............................      5.741    113.820    113.212    -0.4    -0.5    -0.4    -0.2    -0.4 
   Video and audio (2)........................      1.822    100.199     99.873    -1.7    -0.3    -0.6     0.3    -0.1 
                                                                                                                        
  Education and communication (2).............      6.301    128.845    128.883     2.4     0.0     0.2     0.0     0.2 
   Education (2)..............................      3.107    195.649    195.672     4.7     0.0     0.3     0.2     0.4 
    Educational books and supplies............       .221    495.660    496.580     6.9     0.2     0.2     0.9     0.3 
    Tuition, other school fees, and childcare       2.886    562.623    562.610     4.5     0.0     0.3     0.2     0.4 
   Communication (2)..........................      3.194     84.768     84.809     0.1     0.0     0.0    -0.3     0.1 
    Information and information processing (1)                                                                          
        (2)...................................      3.022     81.688     81.728    -0.2     0.0     0.0    -0.4     0.0 
     Telephone services (1) (2)...............      2.408    102.528    102.707     1.0     0.2    -0.1    -0.4     0.2 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                               
         services (1) (6).....................       .614      9.467      9.423    -4.9    -0.5     0.4    -0.4    -0.5 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                 
          equipment (1) (7)...................       .214     78.077     77.960   -11.9    -0.1     0.3    -0.2    -0.1 
                                                                                                                        
  Other goods and services....................      3.386    376.702    377.330     8.0     0.2     0.3     0.4     0.2 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)...........       .776    781.538    783.794    30.1     0.3     0.3     1.0     0.3 
   Personal care..............................      2.610    205.575    205.823     1.5     0.1     0.2     0.2     0.1 
    Personal care products (1)................       .651    161.753    162.275     0.5     0.3    -0.1    -0.3     0.3 
    Personal care services (1)................       .647    228.358    228.343     0.9     0.0     0.1     0.0     0.0 
    Miscellaneous personal services...........      1.074    348.792    348.697     2.6     0.0     0.9     0.6     0.1 
                                                                                                                        
          Commodity and service group                                                                                   
                                                                                                                        
 Commodities..................................     39.556    173.061    172.572     5.5    -0.3     0.5     0.9     0.2 
  Food and beverages..........................     15.757    217.733    218.049    -0.4     0.1     0.1     0.1     0.2 
  Commodities less food and beverages.........     23.799    149.245    148.441     9.4    -0.5     0.8     1.4     0.2 
   Nondurables less food and beverages........     13.289    187.776    185.689    14.8    -1.1    -0.8     2.8    -0.1 
    Apparel...................................      3.691    122.465    119.357     1.9    -2.5    -0.4    -0.3     0.4 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                               
        apparel...............................      9.598    232.649    231.169    19.8    -0.6    -0.9     3.9    -0.2 
   Durables...................................     10.510    111.159    111.477     2.5     0.3     1.1     0.4     0.3 
 Services.....................................     60.444    259.323    259.055     0.9    -0.1     0.1     0.1     0.1 
  Rent of shelter (4).........................     32.867    258.704    258.303     0.3    -0.2     0.0    -0.2     0.1 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)....       .333    122.243    123.812     3.2     1.3     0.0     0.0     1.3 
  Gas (piped) and electricity (3).............      4.159    189.166    188.724    -5.4    -0.2     0.9     1.4    -0.1 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                  
      services (2)............................       .971    164.962    165.204     5.6     0.1     0.8     0.2     0.3 
  Household operations (1) (2)................       .781    150.135    150.172    -0.3     0.0    -0.2     0.0     0.0 
  Transportation services.....................      5.567    255.935    256.014     3.9     0.0     0.4     0.6     0.3 
  Medical care services.......................      4.765    401.392    401.452     3.4     0.0     0.2     0.4     0.2 
  Other services..............................     11.002    306.740    306.436     2.1    -0.1     0.1     0.1     0.1 
                                                                                                                        
                Special indexes                                                                                         
                                                                                                                        
 All items less food..........................     85.371    216.207    215.703     3.3    -0.2     0.3     0.5     0.1 
 All items less shelter.......................     66.800    206.286    205.888     3.9    -0.2     0.4     0.7     0.2 
 All items less medical care..................     93.610    208.250    207.860     2.7    -0.2     0.3     0.4     0.1 
 Commodities less food........................     24.926    151.847    151.052     9.0    -0.5     0.7     1.3     0.2 
 Nondurables less food........................     14.416    189.852    187.864    13.8    -1.0    -0.7     2.6    -0.1 
 Nondurables less food and apparel............     10.726    230.622    229.250    17.9    -0.6    -0.8     3.4     0.0 
 Nondurables..................................     29.046    203.035    202.064     6.6    -0.5    -0.3     1.3     0.2 
 Services less rent of shelter (4)............     27.577    280.014    279.896     1.6     0.0     0.3     0.4     0.2 
 Services less medical care services..........     55.679    248.075    247.793     0.7    -0.1     0.2     0.1     0.1 
 Energy.......................................      7.624    204.026    202.301    18.2    -0.8     1.5     4.1     0.2 
 All items less energy........................     92.376    219.291    219.048     1.4    -0.1     0.2     0.0     0.1 
  All items less food and energy..............     77.746    220.384    220.025     1.8    -0.2     0.2     0.0     0.1 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                     
       commodities............................     21.461    143.871    143.383     3.0    -0.3     0.4     0.2     0.2 
    Energy commodities........................      3.465    231.226    228.186    46.5    -1.3     1.9     6.3     0.5 
   Services less energy services..............     56.285    266.488    266.237     1.4    -0.1     0.1     0.0     0.1 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1982-84=$1.00)..........................          -     $ .462     $ .463       -       -       -       -       - 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1967=$1.00).............................          -     $ .154     $ .155       -       -       -       -       - 

   1 Not seasonally adjusted.
   2 Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
   3 This index series was calculated using a Laspeyres estimator.  All other item stratum index series were calculated
 using a geometric means estimator.
   4 Indexes on a December 1982=100 base.
   5 This index series will undergo a change in composition in January, 2010.  The expenditure class will include weight
 from secondary residences, and will be re-titled Owners’ equivalent rent of residences.  The item stratum Owners’
 equivalent rent of primary residences, which prior to January, 2010 is identical to the EC, will be published as well.
   6 Indexes on a December 1988=100 base.
   7 Indexes on a December 2007=100 base.
   - Data not available.
 NOTE:  Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.


 Table 2. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): Seasonally adjusted U.S. city average, by expenditure category and
 commodity and service group

 (1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted)
                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
                                                  Seasonally adjusted indexes        Seasonally adjusted annual rate percent change
                                                                                                          for                      
                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
                   CPI-U                                                                    3 months ended--            6 months   
                                                                                                                        ended--    
                                               Sep.      Oct.      Nov.      Dec.                                                  
                                               2009      2009      2009      2009                                                  
                                                                                      Mar.    June    Sep.    Dec.    June    Dec. 
                                                                                      2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                   
            Expenditure category                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
 All items.................................  215.791   216.385   217.250   217.541     2.2     3.3     2.5     3.3     2.7     2.9 
                                                                                                                                   
  Food and beverages.......................  217.670   217.830   218.011   218.399    -0.7    -1.3    -0.8     1.3    -1.0     0.3 
   Food....................................  217.257   217.377   217.511   217.921    -0.8    -1.5    -1.1     1.2    -1.1     0.1 
    Food at home...........................  213.298   213.338   213.257   213.869    -3.6    -4.0    -3.1     1.1    -3.8    -1.0 
     Cereals and bakery products...........  251.711   251.814   252.151   253.590    -2.8    -3.6     0.2     3.0    -3.2     1.6 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs........  200.583   200.128   200.815   200.845    -4.3    -4.0    -7.2     0.5    -4.1    -3.4 
     Dairy and related products (1)........  193.353   195.360   193.914   194.792   -19.5   -10.6    -1.7     3.0   -15.2     0.6 
     Fruits and vegetables.................  270.064   268.276   268.645   269.445    -2.8     0.4    -8.5    -0.9    -1.2    -4.8 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                           
         materials.........................  162.981   162.638   162.133   162.492     1.9    -4.3     0.0    -1.2    -1.3    -0.6 
     Other food at home....................  190.598   191.178   190.887   191.514     1.3    -3.7    -0.1     1.9    -1.2     0.9 
      Sugar and sweets.....................  197.000   197.535   198.855   199.588     6.6    -1.0     0.4     5.4     2.8     2.8 
      Fats and oils........................  199.971   199.118   198.430   200.387   -10.6    -5.7    -2.2     0.8    -8.2    -0.7 
      Other foods..........................  204.773   205.645   205.047   205.494     2.3    -3.9     0.2     1.4    -0.8     0.8 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)...  122.099   122.112   121.263   122.422    -4.4    -0.6    -0.4     1.1    -2.5     0.3 
    Food away from home (1)................  224.003   224.224   224.633   224.789     2.8     1.7     1.5     1.4     2.3     1.5 
     Other food away from home (1) (2).....  157.302   157.056   157.027   156.990     0.9     3.7     3.8    -0.8     2.3     1.5 
   Alcoholic beverages.....................  221.709   222.394   223.175   223.283     0.3     1.4     2.9     2.9     0.9     2.9 
                                                                                                                                   
  Housing..................................  216.770   216.964   216.918   216.991    -0.5    -0.6    -0.4     0.4    -0.6     0.0 
   Shelter.................................  249.655   249.678   249.122   249.202     0.6     1.6    -0.3    -0.7     1.1    -0.5 
    Rent of primary residence (3)..........  249.132   248.868   248.682   248.646     2.6     1.4    -0.4    -0.8     2.0    -0.6 
    Lodging away from home (2).............  134.342   134.890   132.806   133.421   -19.1     3.6    -0.5    -2.7    -8.5    -1.6 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                             
        residence (3) (4) (5)..............  256.911   256.900   256.582   256.535     2.5     1.4    -0.4    -0.6     1.9    -0.5 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1)                                                                                           
        (2)................................  122.170   122.184   122.243   123.812     2.4     1.2     3.6     5.5     1.8     4.6 
   Fuels and utilities.....................  207.172   209.580   212.681   212.768    -8.5   -14.0     1.6    11.3   -11.3     6.3 
    Household energy.......................  183.627   185.931   189.255   189.220   -10.9   -18.1     0.2    12.8   -14.6     6.3 
     Fuel oil and other fuels..............  233.497   247.530   265.477   269.859   -39.5   -12.3    16.6    78.4   -27.1    44.2 
     Gas (piped) and electricity (3).......  188.979   190.725   193.374   193.089    -8.5   -18.5    -0.8     9.0   -13.6     4.0 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                           
        services (2).......................  163.402   164.675   164.990   165.478     3.0     6.7     7.7     5.2     4.9     6.4 
   Household furnishings and operations....  128.455   127.790   127.445   127.490     1.6     0.0    -3.0    -3.0     0.8    -3.0 
    Household operations (1) (2)...........  150.437   150.184   150.135   150.172     0.6    -2.4     1.2    -0.7    -0.9     0.2 
                                                                                                                                   
  Apparel..................................  120.931   120.505   120.097   120.524     5.3     1.5     2.5    -1.3     3.3     0.6 
   Men's and boys' apparel.................  112.991   112.329   111.473   111.343    17.3    -6.7    -3.5    -5.7     4.6    -4.6 
   Women's and girls' apparel..............  109.688   109.020   108.138   109.087     1.4     6.9     4.9    -2.2     4.1     1.3 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel..........  116.350   114.644   114.155   113.603     0.1     7.8     2.4    -9.1     3.9    -3.5 
   Footwear................................  127.603   127.894   128.799   128.948     3.2     3.0     3.7     4.3     3.1     4.0 
                                                                                                                                   
  Transportation...........................  184.750   187.276   191.582   192.384     8.8    19.9    13.9    17.6    14.2    15.7 
   Private transportation..................  180.352   182.877   187.044   187.697    11.1    22.3    13.2    17.3    16.5    15.3 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)........   93.605    95.229    96.038    96.339     3.1     5.4     1.6    12.2     4.2     6.8 
     New vehicles..........................  135.574   137.777   138.654   138.288     7.0     6.6    -1.8     8.3     6.8     3.1 
     Used cars and trucks..................  128.153   132.456   135.093   138.485   -15.3     7.2    14.6    36.4    -4.7    25.0 
    Motor fuel.............................  223.273   226.932   241.049   242.124    37.4    88.1    44.3    38.3    60.7    41.3 
     Gasoline (all types)..................  223.146   226.688   241.196   241.693    47.4    91.6    42.8    37.6    68.1    40.2 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1)..  133.406   133.650   134.234   134.781     4.3    -0.6    -2.5     4.2     1.8     0.8 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair                                                                                           
        (1)................................  244.493   245.393   245.511   245.417     4.7     0.9     3.0     1.5     2.8     2.3 
   Public transportation...................  239.281   241.437   247.709   251.194   -17.1    -8.8    23.5    21.5   -13.1    22.4 
                                                                                                                                   
  Medical care.............................  378.555   379.229   380.284   380.726     4.0     3.6     3.6     2.3     3.8     3.0 
   Medical care commodities................  308.016   308.780   308.873   308.691     5.0     3.2     4.3     0.9     4.1     2.6 
   Medical care services...................  400.180   400.797   402.252   402.959     3.6     3.8     3.4     2.8     3.7     3.1 
    Professional services..................  321.405   322.067   322.625   323.022     1.7     3.7     2.6     2.0     2.7     2.3 
    Hospital and related services (3)......  575.812   577.133   581.557   584.470     8.8     6.0     7.3     6.2     7.4     6.7 
                                                                                                                                   
  Recreation (2)...........................  114.585   114.155   113.937   113.536     1.8     0.3     0.0    -3.6     1.0    -1.8 
   Video and audio (2).....................  100.824   100.191   100.491   100.423    -2.1     1.1    -4.2    -1.6    -0.5    -2.9 
                                                                                                                                   
  Education and communication (2)..........  128.074   128.285   128.226   128.513     2.9     2.9     2.2     1.4     2.9     1.8 
   Education (2)...........................  192.711   193.313   193.780   194.536     5.0     5.7     4.2     3.8     5.3     4.0 
    Educational books and supplies.........  490.667   491.662   495.958   497.406     4.7     8.6     8.7     5.6     6.6     7.2 
    Tuition, other school fees, and                                                                                                
        childcare..........................  553.955   555.733   556.799   559.016     5.0     5.5     3.9     3.7     5.2     3.8 
   Communication (2).......................   85.040    85.054    84.771    84.818     0.8     0.2     0.3    -1.0     0.5    -0.4 
    Information and information processing                                                                                         
        (1) (2)............................   81.969    81.978    81.688    81.728     0.7    -0.5     0.3    -1.2     0.1    -0.4 
     Telephone services (1) (2)............  102.968   102.891   102.528   102.707     1.2     0.8     3.1    -1.0     1.0     1.0 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                                          
         services (1) (6)..................    9.467     9.501     9.467     9.423    -1.4    -5.6   -10.4    -1.8    -3.5    -6.2 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                            
          equipment (1) (7)................   77.997    78.213    78.077    77.960   -10.1   -12.1   -23.8    -0.2   -11.1   -12.8 
                                                                                                                                   
  Other goods and services.................  374.442   375.427   377.051   377.645    13.5    10.9     4.6     3.5    12.2     4.0 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)........  771.089   773.758   781.538   783.794    61.2    45.9    14.0     6.8    53.4    10.3 
   Personal care...........................  204.919   205.394   205.839   206.060     1.6     0.8     1.4     2.2     1.2     1.8 
    Personal care products (1).............  162.372   162.257   161.753   162.275     3.3    -1.0     0.2    -0.2     1.1     0.0 
    Personal care services (1).............  228.286   228.465   228.358   228.343     3.0    -0.7     1.3     0.1     1.1     0.7 
    Miscellaneous personal services........  344.770   347.750   349.831   350.097     0.4     2.1     1.9     6.3     1.2     4.1 
                                                                                                                                   
        Commodity and service group                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                   
 Commodities...............................  171.666   172.529   174.046   174.400     4.5     7.9     4.2     6.5     6.2     5.3 
  Food and beverages.......................  217.670   217.830   218.011   218.399    -0.7    -1.3    -0.8     1.3    -1.0     0.3 
  Commodities less food and beverages......  147.347   148.472   150.490   150.818     8.0    14.2     7.3     9.8    11.0     8.5 
   Nondurables less food and beverages.....  186.349   184.873   190.103   189.831    13.9    21.0    17.2     7.7    17.4    12.4 
    Apparel................................  120.931   120.505   120.097   120.524     5.3     1.5     2.5    -1.3     3.3     0.6 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                                          
        apparel............................  231.087   228.965   237.827   237.433    16.8    30.7    21.2    11.4    23.5    16.2 
   Durables................................  109.714   110.882   111.316   111.631     0.2     3.5    -0.9     7.2     1.8     3.1 
 Services..................................  259.617   259.979   260.154   260.354     0.8     0.3     1.3     1.1     0.5     1.2 
  Rent of shelter (4)......................  260.233   260.293   259.821   260.009     0.1     1.4    -0.1    -0.3     0.8    -0.2 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)   122.170   122.184   122.243   123.812     2.4     1.2     3.6     5.5     1.8     4.6 
  Gas (piped) and electricity (3)..........  188.979   190.725   193.374   193.089    -8.5   -18.5    -0.8     9.0   -13.6     4.0 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                             
      services (2).........................  163.402   164.675   164.990   165.478     3.0     6.7     7.7     5.2     4.9     6.4 
  Household operations (1) (2).............  150.437   150.184   150.135   150.172     0.6    -2.4     1.2    -0.7    -0.9     0.2 
  Transportation services..................  253.146   254.265   255.797   256.652     2.4     0.4     7.4     5.7     1.4     6.5 
  Medical care services....................  400.180   400.797   402.252   402.959     3.6     3.8     3.4     2.8     3.7     3.1 
  Other services...........................  305.795   305.965   306.142   306.447     2.9     2.2     2.5     0.9     2.6     1.7 
                                                                                                                                   
              Special indexes                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                   
 All items less food.......................  215.582   216.253   217.238   217.509     2.7     4.1     3.1     3.6     3.4     3.4 
 All items less shelter....................  204.951   205.779   207.221   207.600     2.9     4.2     3.9     5.3     3.6     4.6 
 All items less medical care...............  207.735   208.320   209.170   209.452     2.0     3.3     2.4     3.3     2.7     2.9 
 Commodities less food.....................  149.975   151.091   153.080   153.403     7.6    13.6     7.1     9.5    10.6     8.3 
 Nondurables less food.....................  188.493   187.110   191.970   191.841    12.7    19.6    16.1     7.3    16.1    11.6 
 Nondurables less food and apparel.........  229.166   227.347   235.089   234.996    15.0    27.5    19.3    10.6    21.1    14.9 
 Nondurables...............................  202.076   201.442   204.139   204.512     5.7     8.5     7.4     4.9     7.1     6.1 
 Services less rent of shelter (4).........  278.770   279.601   280.784   281.453     0.7    -1.6     3.7     3.9    -0.5     3.8 
 Services less medical care services.......  248.397   248.834   249.009   249.344     0.2    -0.4     1.4     1.5    -0.1     1.5 
 Energy....................................  200.959   203.889   212.326   212.819     7.9    22.1    21.1    25.8    14.8    23.4 
 All items less energy.....................  219.012   219.367   219.450   219.722     1.7     1.8     0.9     1.3     1.7     1.1 
  All items less food and energy...........  220.053   220.453   220.527   220.774     2.2     2.4     1.3     1.3     2.3     1.3 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                                
       commodities.........................  142.624   143.240   143.505   143.737     3.8     4.1     0.9     3.2     3.9     2.0 
    Energy commodities.....................  225.260   229.490   243.900   245.156    29.1    79.3    42.6    40.3    52.1    41.4 
   Services less energy services...........  266.830   267.058   266.992   267.240     1.5     1.8     1.4     0.6     1.7     1.0 

   1 Not seasonally adjusted.
   2 Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
   3 This index series was calculated using a Laspeyres estimator.  All other item stratum index series were calculated using a
 geometric means estimator.
   4 Indexes on a December 1982=100 base.
   5 This index series will undergo a change in composition in January, 2010.  The expenditure class will include weight from
 secondary residences, and will be re-titled Owners’ equivalent rent of residences.  The item stratum Owners’ equivalent rent of
 primary residences, which prior to January, 2010 is identical to the EC, will be published as well.
   6 Indexes on a December 1988=100 base.
   7 Indexes on a December 2007=100 base.
 NOTE:  Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.


 Table 3. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): Selected areas, all items index 

 (1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted)
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                   All items                                      
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                       Indexes                 Percent change to Percent change to
                    CPI-U                      Pricing                                          Dec. 2009 from--   Nov. 2009 from-- 
                                              schedule                                                                            
                                                 (1)      Sep.      Oct.      Nov.      Dec.                                      
                                                          2009      2009      2009      2009    Dec.  Oct.  Nov.  Nov.  Sep.  Oct.
                                                                                                2008  2009  2009  2008  2009  2009
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 U.S. city average...........................    M      215.969   216.177   216.330   215.949   2.7  -0.1  -0.2   1.8   0.2   0.1 
                                                                                                                                  
           Region and area size(2)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Northeast urban.............................    M      231.200   231.304   231.708   231.462   2.8   0.1  -0.1   2.0   0.2   0.2 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      233.695   233.415   233.785   233.475   2.5   0.0  -0.1   1.8   0.0   0.2 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      136.691   137.348   137.646   137.597   3.6   0.2   0.0   2.4   0.7   0.2 
                                                                                                                                  
 Midwest urban...............................    M      205.601   205.706   206.247   205.613   3.0   0.0  -0.3   2.2   0.3   0.3 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      206.459   206.625   207.277   206.399   3.0  -0.1  -0.4   2.1   0.4   0.3 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      131.812   131.724   131.952   131.742   2.9   0.0  -0.2   2.3   0.1   0.2 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      201.918   202.499   203.047   202.738   3.8   0.1  -0.2   2.6   0.6   0.3 
                                                                                                                                  
 South urban.................................    M      208.912   209.292   209.738   209.476   2.9   0.1  -0.1   2.0   0.4   0.2 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      211.212   211.152   211.424   210.971   2.2  -0.1  -0.2   1.3   0.1   0.1 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      132.722   133.035   133.342   133.252   3.2   0.2  -0.1   2.3   0.5   0.2 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      210.911   212.423   213.372   213.159   4.3   0.3  -0.1   3.2   1.2   0.4 
                                                                                                                                  
 West urban..................................    M      220.294   220.447   219.728   219.307   2.2  -0.5  -0.2   1.2  -0.3  -0.3 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      224.412   224.372   223.489   223.058   2.0  -0.6  -0.2   1.2  -0.4  -0.4 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      133.128   133.618   133.335   133.132   2.6  -0.4  -0.2   1.4   0.2  -0.2 
                                                                                                                                  
                 Size classes                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                  
   A (4).....................................    M      197.724   197.670   197.697   197.246   2.4  -0.2  -0.2   1.6   0.0   0.0 
   B/C (3)...................................    M      133.165   133.489   133.663   133.535   3.1   0.0  -0.1   2.1   0.4   0.1 
   D.........................................    M      208.503   209.139   209.567   209.192   3.4   0.0  -0.2   2.3   0.5   0.2 
                                                                                                                                  
           Selected local areas(5)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Chicago-Gary-Kenosha, IL-IN-WI..............    M      211.345   211.708   212.206   211.185   2.5  -0.2  -0.5   1.5   0.4   0.2 
 Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA.....    M      225.226   225.264   224.317   223.643   1.8  -0.7  -0.3   0.9  -0.4  -0.4 
 New York-Northern N.J.-Long Island,                                                                                              
     NY-NJ-CT-PA.............................    M      238.568   238.380   238.777   238.427   2.3   0.0  -0.1   1.8   0.1   0.2 
                                                                                                                                  
 Boston-Brockton-Nashua, MA-NH-ME-CT.........    1      236.596         -   236.589         -     -     -     -   1.8   0.0     - 
 Cleveland-Akron, OH.........................    1      201.836         -   201.471         -     -     -     -   1.7  -0.2     - 
 Dallas-Fort Worth, TX.......................    1      201.802         -   201.958         -     -     -     -   1.0   0.1     - 
 Washington-Baltimore, DC-MD-VA-WV (6).......    1      140.945         -   140.718         -     -     -     -   1.6  -0.2     - 
                                                                                                                                  
 Atlanta, GA.................................    2            -   201.068         -   200.456   1.8  -0.3     -     -     -     - 
 Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint, MI.................    2            -   205.079         -   203.880   3.0  -0.6     -     -     -     - 
 Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, TX..............    2            -   191.608         -   190.932   2.7  -0.4     -     -     -     - 
 Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL...................    2            -   222.416         -   222.943   2.1   0.2     -     -     -     - 
 Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City,                                                                                           
     PA-NJ-DE-MD.............................    2            -   224.787         -   224.800   3.0   0.0     -     -     -     - 
 San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA..........    2            -   226.051         -   224.239   2.6  -0.8     -     -     -     - 
 Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton, WA................    2            -   226.277         -   225.596   1.4  -0.3     -     -     -     - 

   1 Areas on pricing schedule 2 (see Table 10) will appear next month. 
   2 Regions defined as the four Census regions.  See technical notes.
   3 Indexes on a December 1996=100 base.
   4 Indexes on a December 1986=100 base.
   5 In addition, the following metropolitan areas are published semiannually and appear in Tables 34 and 39 of the January and
 July issues of the CPI Detailed Report: Anchorage, AK; Cincinnati-Hamilton, OH-KY-IN; Denver-Boulder-Greeley, CO; Honolulu, HI;
 Kansas City, MO-KS; Milwaukee-Racine, WI; Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI; Phoenix-Mesa, AZ; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland-Salem, OR-WA;
 St. Louis, MO-IL; San Diego, CA; Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL.
   6 Indexes on a November 1996=100 base.
   - Data not available.
 NOTE:  Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.


 Table 4. Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W): U.S. city average, by expenditure
 category and commodity and service group

 (1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted)
                                                                                                                        
                                                                                                                        
                                                                                    Unadjusted                          
                                                             Unadjusted indexes   percent change   Seasonally adjusted  
                                                 Relative                          to Dec. 2009    percent change from- 
                     CPI-W                     importance,                            from-                             
                                                 December                                                               
                                                   2008       Nov.       Dec.                      Sep.    Oct.    Nov. 
                                                              2009       2009      Dec.    Nov.     to      to      to  
                                                                                   2008    2009    Oct.    Nov.    Dec. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                        
             Expenditure category                                                                                       
                                                                                                                        
 All items....................................    100.000    212.003    211.703     3.4    -0.1     0.3     0.5     0.2 
 All items (1967=100).........................          -    631.491    630.600       -       -       -       -       - 
                                                                                                                        
  Food and beverages..........................     16.942    216.853    217.186    -0.5     0.2     0.1     0.1     0.2 
   Food.......................................     15.865    216.305    216.679    -0.7     0.2     0.1     0.0     0.2 
    Food at home..............................      9.201    211.488    212.041    -2.5     0.3     0.1    -0.1     0.3 
     Cereals and bakery products..............      1.249    251.376    251.570    -0.9     0.1     0.1     0.2     0.5 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs...........      2.315    200.709    200.623    -3.8     0.0    -0.1     0.3     0.1 
     Dairy and related products (1)...........       .992    192.695    193.546    -7.8     0.4     1.1    -0.7     0.4 
     Fruits and vegetables....................      1.266    267.049    270.279    -3.1     1.2    -0.7    -0.1     0.4 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                
         materials............................      1.167    160.619    160.745    -0.9     0.1    -0.1    -0.4     0.3 
     Other food at home.......................      2.212    188.868    189.197    -0.2     0.2     0.3    -0.2     0.3 
      Sugar and sweets........................       .304    197.031    197.258     2.7     0.1     0.2     0.8     0.2 
      Fats and oils...........................       .274    197.400    198.165    -4.5     0.4    -0.2    -0.4     1.0 
      Other foods.............................      1.634    203.664    203.972     0.0     0.2     0.4    -0.4     0.3 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)......       .472    121.647    122.796    -1.1     0.9     0.1    -0.8     0.9 
    Food away from home (1)...................      6.664    224.815    224.940     1.9     0.1     0.1     0.2     0.1 
     Other food away from home (1) (2)........       .233    156.853    156.830     2.1     0.0    -0.1     0.0     0.0 
   Alcoholic beverages........................      1.077    223.445    223.168     2.2    -0.1     0.3     0.6     0.0 
                                                                                                                        
  Housing.....................................     41.313    212.327    212.142    -0.1    -0.1     0.1     0.0     0.0 
   Shelter....................................     31.224    242.159    241.991     0.5    -0.1     0.0    -0.2     0.0 
    Rent of primary residence (3).............      8.279    247.361    247.465     0.6     0.0    -0.1    -0.1     0.0 
    Lodging away from home (2)................      1.209    127.061    124.222    -4.4    -2.2     0.5    -1.2     0.1 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                  
        residence (3) (4) (5).................     21.430    232.635    232.603     0.7     0.0     0.0    -0.1     0.0 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)..       .306    122.830    124.415     3.4     1.3     0.1     0.1     1.3 
   Fuels and utilities........................      6.030    207.530    207.329    -3.1    -0.1     1.0     1.4     0.0 
    Household energy..........................      4.996    182.994    182.701    -4.9    -0.2     1.1     1.7     0.0 
     Fuel oil and other fuels.................       .283    262.340    265.130     1.9     1.1     6.2     7.0     1.6 
     Gas (piped) and electricity (3)..........      4.713    187.572    187.125    -5.3    -0.2     0.8     1.4    -0.1 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                
        services (2)..........................      1.035    165.509    165.808     5.7     0.2     0.8     0.2     0.3 
   Household furnishings and operations.......      4.059    123.448    123.187    -0.9    -0.2    -0.5    -0.3     0.0 
    Household operations (1) (2)..............       .360    152.747    152.486    -0.2    -0.2    -0.2    -0.4    -0.2 
                                                                                                                        
  Apparel.....................................      3.979    122.228    118.984     1.7    -2.7    -0.6    -0.4     0.2 
   Men's and boys' apparel....................      1.024    114.091    110.856    -0.3    -2.8    -1.0    -1.0    -0.4 
   Women's and girls' apparel.................      1.568    111.039    107.819     2.3    -2.9    -1.1    -0.8     0.8 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel.............       .249    119.272    115.754     0.7    -2.9    -1.7    -0.3    -0.4 
   Footwear...................................       .840    130.682    128.637     3.6    -1.6     0.3     0.4     0.2 
                                                                                                                        
  Transportation..............................     17.067    186.928    186.839    16.1     0.0     1.6     2.5     0.6 
   Private transportation.....................     16.284    183.680    183.565    16.7    -0.1     1.6     2.5     0.6 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)...........      7.627     94.338     95.072     6.2     0.8     2.1     1.1     0.7 
     New vehicles.............................      4.057    139.952    139.962     5.0     0.0     1.6     0.7    -0.3 
     Used cars and trucks.....................      2.863    134.977    138.242     9.3     2.4     3.4     2.0     2.6 
    Motor fuel................................      4.029    228.871    225.584    50.7    -1.4     1.8     6.2     0.5 
     Gasoline (all types).....................      3.770    228.598    225.223    53.6    -1.5     1.7     6.3     0.5 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1).....       .482    134.346    134.892     1.2     0.4     0.2     0.4     0.4 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair (1)..      1.242    247.972    247.812     2.5    -0.1     0.4     0.1    -0.1 
   Public transportation......................       .784    242.698    243.453     3.5     0.3     0.9     2.4     1.2 
                                                                                                                        
  Medical care................................      5.355    380.295    380.302     3.5     0.0     0.1     0.3     0.1 
   Medical care commodities...................      1.320    299.972    299.777     3.3    -0.1     0.2     0.1    -0.1 
   Medical care services......................      4.035    403.695    403.791     3.6     0.0     0.1     0.4     0.2 
    Professional services.....................      2.234    324.382    324.763     2.6     0.1     0.2     0.2     0.1 
    Hospital and related services (3).........      1.338    580.048    580.567     7.5     0.1     0.1     0.9     0.5 
                                                                                                                        
  Recreation (2)..............................      5.454    110.401    109.851    -0.6    -0.5    -0.4    -0.2    -0.3 
   Video and audio (2)........................      1.982    100.681    100.400    -1.4    -0.3    -0.6     0.3     0.0 
                                                                                                                        
  Education and communication (2).............      6.221    124.100    124.156     1.9     0.0     0.1    -0.1     0.2 
   Education (2)..............................      2.527    192.776    192.760     4.6     0.0     0.3     0.4     0.3 
    Educational books and supplies............       .219    498.627    499.478     6.9     0.2     0.1     0.8     0.3 
    Tuition, other school fees, and childcare       2.308    542.174    542.036     4.3     0.0     0.4     0.3     0.3 
   Communication (2)..........................      3.694     87.468     87.541     0.1     0.1     0.0    -0.4     0.1 
    Information and information processing (1)                                                                          
        (2)...................................      3.568     85.331     85.404    -0.1     0.1     0.0    -0.4     0.1 
     Telephone services (1) (2)...............      2.965    102.413    102.585     0.9     0.2    -0.1    -0.4     0.2 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                               
         services (1) (6).....................       .604      9.969      9.935    -4.5    -0.3     0.2    -0.3    -0.3 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                 
          equipment (1) (7)...................       .202     77.926     77.821   -11.7    -0.1     0.1     0.0    -0.1 
                                                                                                                        
  Other goods and services....................      3.668    403.178    403.970    11.3     0.2     0.2     0.5     0.2 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)...........      1.267    786.541    789.173    30.3     0.3     0.3     1.0     0.3 
   Personal care..............................      2.401    203.245    203.454     1.3     0.1     0.2     0.2     0.1 
    Personal care products (1)................       .662    161.784    162.231     0.6     0.3     0.0    -0.3     0.3 
    Personal care services (1)................       .580    228.614    228.614     0.9     0.0     0.1     0.0     0.0 
    Miscellaneous personal services...........       .947    350.046    349.851     2.1    -0.1     0.6     0.4     0.1 
                                                                                                                        
          Commodity and service group                                                                                   
                                                                                                                        
 Commodities..................................     42.689    175.563    175.127     6.6    -0.2     0.6     1.0     0.3 
  Food and beverages..........................     16.942    216.853    217.186    -0.5     0.2     0.1     0.1     0.2 
  Commodities less food and beverages.........     25.747    153.273    152.532    11.3    -0.5     0.9     1.6     0.3 
   Nondurables less food and beverages........     14.587    195.926    193.667    17.5    -1.2    -0.9     2.9     0.1 
    Apparel...................................      3.979    122.228    118.984     1.7    -2.7    -0.6    -0.4     0.2 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                               
        apparel...............................     10.609    246.085    244.413    23.4    -0.7    -1.1     4.1     0.0 
   Durables...................................     11.160    111.575    112.165     3.3     0.5     1.4     0.6     0.5 
 Services.....................................     57.311    254.663    254.519     0.9    -0.1     0.1     0.1     0.1 
  Rent of shelter (4).........................     30.918    233.436    233.241     0.5    -0.1     0.0    -0.1     0.0 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)....       .306    122.830    124.415     3.4     1.3     0.1     0.1     1.3 
  Gas (piped) and electricity (3).............      4.713    187.572    187.125    -5.3    -0.2     0.8     1.4    -0.1 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                  
      services (2)............................      1.035    165.509    165.808     5.7     0.2     0.8     0.2     0.3 
  Household operations (1) (2)................       .360    152.747    152.486    -0.2    -0.2    -0.2    -0.4    -0.2 
  Transportation services.....................      5.512    255.871    256.007     4.1     0.1     0.5     0.4     0.3 
  Medical care services.......................      4.035    403.695    403.791     3.6     0.0     0.1     0.4     0.2 
  Other services..............................     10.432    293.624    293.470     1.8    -0.1     0.0     0.0     0.1 
                                                                                                                        
                Special indexes                                                                                         
                                                                                                                        
 All items less food..........................     84.135    211.055    210.639     4.1    -0.2     0.4     0.6     0.2 
 All items less shelter.......................     68.776    203.301    202.951     4.7    -0.2     0.5     0.8     0.2 
 All items less medical care..................     94.645    205.106    204.800     3.4    -0.1     0.3     0.5     0.2 
 Commodities less food........................     26.824    155.650    154.918    11.0    -0.5     0.9     1.6     0.3 
 Nondurables less food........................     15.664    197.644    195.487    16.4    -1.1    -0.9     2.7     0.1 
 Nondurables less food and apparel............     11.686    243.061    241.513    21.4    -0.6    -1.0     3.8     0.0 
 Nondurables..................................     31.530    206.876    205.823     7.8    -0.5    -0.3     1.4     0.2 
 Services less rent of shelter (4)............     26.392    247.237    247.174     1.4     0.0     0.3     0.4     0.2 
 Services less medical care services..........     53.275    243.991    243.838     0.7    -0.1     0.2     0.1     0.1 
 Energy.......................................      9.024    204.196    202.398    20.0    -0.9     1.5     4.2     0.3 
 All items less energy........................     90.976    213.895    213.780     1.7    -0.1     0.2     0.1     0.1 
  All items less food and energy..............     75.111    213.787    213.572     2.2    -0.1     0.2     0.1     0.1 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                     
       commodities............................     22.513    145.595    145.253     4.0    -0.2     0.5     0.3     0.3 
    Energy commodities........................      4.311    231.371    228.303    47.5    -1.3     2.0     6.2     0.6 
   Services less energy services..............     52.598    261.979    261.871     1.5     0.0     0.1     0.0     0.1 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1982-84=$1.00)..........................          -     $ .472     $ .472       -       -       -       -       - 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1967=$1.00).............................          -     $ .158     $ .159       -       -       -       -       - 

   1 Not seasonally adjusted.
   2 Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
   3 This index series was calculated using a Laspeyres estimator.  All other item stratum index series were calculated
 using a geometric means estimator.
   4 Indexes on a December 1984=100 base
   5 This index series will undergo a change in composition in January, 2010.  The expenditure class will include weight
 from secondary residences, and will be re-titled Owners’ equivalent rent of residences.  The item stratum Owners’
 equivalent rent of primary residences, which prior to January, 2010 is identical to the EC, will be published as well.
   6 Indexes on a December 1988=100 base.
   7 Indexes on a December 2007=100 base.
   - Data not available.
 NOTE:  Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.


 Table 5. Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W): Seasonally adjusted U.S. city average, by
 expenditure category and commodity and service group

 (1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted)
                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
                                                  Seasonally adjusted indexes        Seasonally adjusted annual rate percent change
                                                                                                          for                      
                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
                   CPI-W                                                                    3 months ended--            6 months   
                                                                                                                        ended--    
                                               Sep.      Oct.      Nov.      Dec.                                                  
                                               2009      2009      2009      2009                                                  
                                                                                      Mar.    June    Sep.    Dec.    June    Dec. 
                                                                                      2009    2009    2009    2009    2009    2009 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                   
            Expenditure category                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
 All items.................................  211.136   211.842   212.929   213.280     2.6     4.2     3.1     4.1     3.4     3.6 
                                                                                                                                   
  Food and beverages.......................  216.778   217.027   217.157   217.591    -1.1    -1.4    -1.0     1.5    -1.2     0.3 
   Food....................................  216.317   216.531   216.578   217.034    -1.1    -1.6    -1.2     1.3    -1.4     0.1 
    Food at home...........................  212.018   212.185   211.957   212.652    -3.9    -3.9    -3.3     1.2    -3.9    -1.1 
     Cereals and bakery products...........  252.195   252.524   252.985   254.226    -2.9    -3.6     0.0     3.3    -3.3     1.6 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs........  199.912   199.773   200.285   200.521    -4.4    -4.5    -7.5     1.2    -4.4    -3.2 
     Dairy and related products (1)........  192.048   194.120   192.695   193.546   -20.8   -10.0    -1.8     3.2   -15.6     0.7 
     Fruits and vegetables.................  268.099   266.270   266.091   267.226    -4.1     1.5    -8.1    -1.3    -1.3    -4.8 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                           
         materials.........................  162.444   162.244   161.516   162.041     2.4    -4.7    -0.4    -1.0    -1.2    -0.7 
     Other food at home....................  189.934   190.529   190.114   190.777     1.3    -3.5    -0.1     1.8    -1.2     0.8 
      Sugar and sweets.....................  195.992   196.328   197.971   198.337     6.4    -1.0     0.6     4.9     2.6     2.7 
      Fats and oils........................  200.499   200.113   199.349   201.266   -11.1    -5.1    -2.8     1.5    -8.1    -0.7 
      Other foods..........................  204.911   205.775   204.972   205.549     2.5    -3.8     0.2     1.3    -0.7     0.7 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)...  122.496   122.676   121.647   122.796    -4.1    -1.0    -0.1     1.0    -2.6     0.4 
    Food away from home (1)................  224.102   224.382   224.815   224.940     2.7     1.5     1.7     1.5     2.1     1.6 
     Other food away from home (1) (2).....  157.132   156.909   156.853   156.830     1.1     2.7     5.4    -0.8     1.9     2.3 
   Alcoholic beverages.....................  222.073   222.843   224.207   224.315    -0.1     2.3     2.4     4.1     1.1     3.3 
                                                                                                                                   
  Housing..................................  212.863   213.063   213.168   213.172    -0.1    -0.9    -0.2     0.6    -0.5     0.2 
   Shelter.................................  242.930   242.918   242.551   242.550     1.5     1.4    -0.3    -0.6     1.5    -0.5 
    Rent of primary residence (3)..........  247.669   247.420   247.158   247.122     2.4     1.3    -0.5    -0.9     1.9    -0.7 
    Lodging away from home (2).............  135.480   136.095   134.437   134.604   -18.4     3.9     0.6    -2.6    -7.9    -1.0 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                             
        residence (3) (4) (5)..............  232.761   232.770   232.516   232.468     2.5     1.3    -0.3    -0.5     1.9    -0.4 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1)                                                                                           
        (2)................................  122.644   122.761   122.830   124.415     2.5     1.4     3.7     5.9     2.0     4.8 
   Fuels and utilities.....................  206.356   208.463   211.374   211.468    -8.6   -13.5     1.7    10.3   -11.1     5.9 
    Household energy.......................  182.153   184.089   187.167   187.131   -10.8   -17.4     0.4    11.4   -14.1     5.7 
     Fuel oil and other fuels..............  235.480   250.133   267.530   271.789   -37.4   -15.2    14.4    77.5   -27.1    42.5 
     Gas (piped) and electricity (3).......  187.880   189.323   191.886   191.653    -9.0   -17.5    -0.3     8.3   -13.3     3.9 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                           
        services (2).......................  163.808   165.178   165.484   166.028     3.0     6.7     7.7     5.5     4.8     6.6 
   Household furnishings and operations....  124.592   124.011   123.581   123.523     1.2     0.9    -2.3    -3.4     1.1    -2.8 
    Household operations (1) (2)...........  153.648   153.368   152.747   152.486     1.1    -1.5     2.6    -3.0    -0.2    -0.2 
                                                                                                                                   
  Apparel..................................  120.949   120.228   119.712   119.916     5.4     1.6     3.3    -3.4     3.5    -0.1 
   Men's and boys' apparel.................  114.131   113.038   111.949   111.545    18.2    -7.2    -1.4    -8.8     4.7    -5.2 
   Women's and girls' apparel..............  109.649   108.460   107.620   108.450     0.7     5.4     7.8    -4.3     3.0     1.6 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel..........  119.258   117.261   116.909   116.428     0.3    10.5     1.9    -9.2     5.3    -3.8 
   Footwear................................  127.912   128.352   128.802   129.058     4.3     3.8     2.7     3.6     4.1     3.2 
                                                                                                                                   
  Transportation...........................  182.716   185.612   190.266   191.389     8.8    22.9    15.4    20.4    15.6    17.8 
   Private transportation..................  179.519   182.415   186.999   188.056    10.1    24.4    15.1    20.4    17.0    17.7 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)........   91.560    93.467    94.479    95.177    -0.7     5.7     4.0    16.8     2.5    10.2 
     New vehicles..........................  136.675   138.886   139.797   139.402     7.4     6.3    -1.6     8.2     6.8     3.2 
     Used cars and trucks..................  128.878   133.216   135.889   139.404   -15.6     7.6    14.6    36.9    -4.7    25.3 
    Motor fuel.............................  223.652   227.788   241.798   243.107    37.7    87.8    43.1    39.6    60.8    41.3 
     Gasoline (all types)..................  223.578   227.480   241.747   242.970    47.5    91.6    41.2    39.5    68.1    40.3 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1)..  133.504   133.764   134.346   134.892     3.6    -0.6    -2.3     4.2     1.5     0.9 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair                                                                                           
        (1)................................  246.850   247.811   247.972   247.812     4.7     0.8     2.8     1.6     2.7     2.2 
   Public transportation...................  237.928   240.111   245.825   248.728   -15.7    -7.1    22.7    19.4   -11.5    21.1 
                                                                                                                                   
  Medical care.............................  379.213   379.750   380.969   381.493     4.1     3.8     3.8     2.4     3.9     3.1 
   Medical care commodities................  299.487   300.144   300.393   300.215     5.3     3.1     4.0     1.0     4.2     2.5 
   Medical care services...................  402.384   402.852   404.459   405.275     3.7     4.0     3.8     2.9     3.9     3.3 
    Professional services..................  324.248   324.921   325.479   325.907     2.0     3.7     2.7     2.1     2.9     2.4 
    Hospital and related services (3)......  573.743   574.505   579.457   582.536     9.2     6.5     8.0     6.3     7.9     7.1 
                                                                                                                                   
  Recreation (2)...........................  111.147   110.717   110.513   110.155     1.9     0.4    -1.0    -3.5     1.1    -2.3 
   Video and audio (2).....................  101.243   100.681   100.943   100.906    -2.2     1.9    -3.8    -1.3    -0.2    -2.6 
                                                                                                                                   
  Education and communication (2)..........  123.601   123.757   123.682   123.919     2.2     2.2     2.2     1.0     2.2     1.6 
   Education (2)...........................  189.872   190.521   191.213   191.859     4.5     5.3     4.3     4.3     4.9     4.3 
    Educational books and supplies.........  493.984   494.705   498.822   500.439     4.5     9.2     8.7     5.3     6.8     7.0 
    Tuition, other school fees, and                                                                                                
        childcare..........................  533.704   535.632   537.333   539.156     4.4     4.9     3.9     4.1     4.7     4.0 
   Communication (2).......................   87.807    87.785    87.470    87.547     0.8     0.2     0.7    -1.2     0.5    -0.2 
    Information and information processing                                                                                         
        (1) (2)............................   85.676    85.651    85.331    85.404     0.7    -0.3     0.7    -1.3     0.2    -0.3 
     Telephone services (1) (2)............  102.896   102.818   102.413   102.585     1.0     0.7     2.9    -1.2     0.9     0.8 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                                          
         services (1) (6)..................    9.975     9.995     9.969     9.935    -1.1    -5.3    -9.9    -1.6    -3.2    -5.8 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                            
          equipment (1) (7)................   77.835    77.939    77.926    77.821    -9.5   -12.1   -23.7    -0.1   -10.8   -12.7 
                                                                                                                                   
  Other goods and services.................  400.504   401.414   403.435   404.317    19.5    16.6     6.0     3.9    18.0     4.9 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)........  776.198   778.650   786.541   789.173    60.9    47.8    13.5     6.9    54.2    10.1 
   Personal care...........................  202.795   203.135   203.463   203.748     1.2     0.6     1.4     1.9     0.9     1.6 
    Personal care products (1).............  162.312   162.242   161.784   162.231     3.1    -0.9     0.4    -0.2     1.1     0.1 
    Personal care services (1).............  228.480   228.683   228.614   228.614     2.9    -0.7     1.2     0.2     1.1     0.7 
    Miscellaneous personal services........  347.345   349.308   350.699   351.197    -0.2     2.0     2.2     4.5     0.9     3.4 
                                                                                                                                   
        Commodity and service group                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                   
 Commodities...............................  173.885   174.960   176.765   177.274     4.8     9.6     5.4     8.0     7.2     6.7 
  Food and beverages.......................  216.778   217.027   217.157   217.591    -1.1    -1.4    -1.0     1.5    -1.2     0.3 
  Commodities less food and beverages......  150.983   152.366   154.809   155.335     8.8    17.1     9.4    12.0    12.9    10.7 
   Nondurables less food and beverages.....  194.337   192.499   197.997   198.135    17.5    27.7    17.4     8.0    22.5    12.6 
    Apparel................................  120.949   120.228   119.712   119.916     5.4     1.6     3.3    -3.4     3.5    -0.1 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                                          
        apparel............................  244.219   241.553   251.487   251.550    21.8    37.4    23.1    12.6    29.3    17.7 
   Durables................................  109.657   111.148   111.782   112.394    -2.0     4.2     1.1    10.4     1.0     5.6 
 Services..................................  254.679   255.014   255.269   255.421     1.1     0.1     1.3     1.2     0.6     1.2 
  Rent of shelter (4)......................  234.254   234.207   233.955   234.021     1.0     1.3     0.0    -0.4     1.2    -0.2 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)   122.644   122.761   122.830   124.415     2.5     1.4     3.7     5.9     2.0     4.8 
  Gas (piped) and electricity (3)..........  187.880   189.323   191.886   191.653    -9.0   -17.5    -0.3     8.3   -13.3     3.9 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                             
      services (2).........................  163.808   165.178   165.484   166.028     3.0     6.7     7.7     5.5     4.8     6.6 
  Household operations (1) (2).............  153.648   153.368   152.747   152.486     1.1    -1.5     2.6    -3.0    -0.2    -0.2 
  Transportation services..................  253.079   254.314   255.433   256.080     3.6     1.7     6.4     4.8     2.7     5.6 
  Medical care services....................  402.384   402.852   404.459   405.275     3.7     4.0     3.8     2.9     3.9     3.3 
  Other services...........................  293.119   293.183   293.238   293.633     2.5     1.8     2.3     0.7     2.1     1.5 
                                                                                                                                   
              Special indexes                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                   
 All items less food.......................  210.036   210.827   212.095   212.428     3.3     5.3     3.9     4.6     4.3     4.3 
 All items less shelter....................  201.826   202.802   204.433   204.917     3.1     5.4     4.6     6.3     4.3     5.4 
 All items less medical care...............  204.253   204.958   206.033   206.375     2.5     4.2     3.0     4.2     3.4     3.6 
 Commodities less food.....................  153.374   154.747   157.172   157.688     8.4    16.5     9.1    11.7    12.4    10.4 
 Nondurables less food.....................  196.084   194.368   199.584   199.746    16.3    25.7    16.6     7.7    20.9    12.0 
 Nondurables less food and apparel.........  241.279   238.966   247.953   248.052    19.7    34.0    21.3    11.7    26.7    16.4 
 Nondurables...............................  205.775   205.065   207.993   208.407     7.3    11.2     7.6     5.2     9.2     6.4 
 Services less rent of shelter (4).........  246.381   247.071   248.031   248.631     0.4    -1.8     3.5     3.7    -0.7     3.6 
 Services less medical care services.......  244.068   244.456   244.706   244.943     0.5    -0.4     1.3     1.4     0.1     1.4 
 Energy....................................  201.160   204.183   212.732   213.373     9.5    25.8    21.9    26.6    17.4    24.2 
 All items less energy.....................  213.292   213.715   213.885   214.202     1.9     2.1     1.1     1.7     2.0     1.4 
  All items less food and energy...........  213.059   213.524   213.720   214.009     2.6     2.9     1.6     1.8     2.7     1.7 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                                
       commodities.........................  143.992   144.772   145.230   145.626     3.7     5.4     2.2     4.6     4.5     3.4 
    Energy commodities.....................  225.279   229.848   244.063   245.494    31.6    80.9    41.7    41.0    54.3    41.4 
   Services less energy services...........  261.962   262.166   262.150   262.346     2.1     1.8     1.4     0.6     2.0     1.0 

   1 Not seasonally adjusted.
   2 Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
   3 This index series was calculated using a Laspeyres estimator.  All other item stratum index series were calculated using a
 geometric means estimator.
   4 Indexes on a December 1984=100 base
   5 This index series will undergo a change in composition in January, 2010.  The expenditure class will include weight from
 secondary residences, and will be re-titled Owners’ equivalent rent of residences.  The item stratum Owners’ equivalent rent of
 primary residences, which prior to January, 2010 is identical to the EC, will be published as well.
   6 Indexes on a December 1988=100 base.
   7 Indexes on a December 2007=100 base.
 NOTE:  Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.


 Table 6. Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W): Selected areas, all items index 

 (1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted)
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                   All items                                      
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                       Indexes                 Percent change to Percent change to
                    CPI-W                      Pricing                                          Dec. 2009 from--   Nov. 2009 from-- 
                                              schedule                                                                            
                                                 (1)      Sep.      Oct.      Nov.      Dec.                                      
                                                          2009      2009      2009      2009    Dec.  Oct.  Nov.  Nov.  Sep.  Oct.
                                                                                                2008  2009  2009  2008  2009  2009
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 U.S. city average...........................    M      211.322   211.549   212.003   211.703   3.4   0.1  -0.1   2.3   0.3   0.2 
                                                                                                                                  
           Region and area size(2)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Northeast urban.............................    M      228.158   228.193   229.048   228.794   3.3   0.3  -0.1   2.4   0.4   0.4 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      229.067   228.720   229.541   229.180   2.9   0.2  -0.2   2.2   0.2   0.4 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      137.400   137.959   138.527   138.522   4.2   0.4   0.0   2.8   0.8   0.4 
                                                                                                                                  
 Midwest urban...............................    M      200.658   200.781   201.553   200.999   3.6   0.1  -0.3   2.7   0.4   0.4 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      200.566   200.730   201.626   200.820   3.5   0.0  -0.4   2.5   0.5   0.4 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      131.497   131.420   131.823   131.639   3.6   0.2  -0.1   2.8   0.2   0.3 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      199.416   200.053   200.748   200.471   4.2   0.2  -0.1   2.9   0.7   0.3 
                                                                                                                                  
 South urban.................................    M      205.726   206.121   206.859   206.716   3.7   0.3  -0.1   2.5   0.6   0.4 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      208.677   208.577   209.161   208.788   2.8   0.1  -0.2   1.7   0.2   0.3 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      131.284   131.621   132.129   132.136   4.0   0.4   0.0   2.8   0.6   0.4 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      210.922   212.368   213.396   213.184   5.0   0.4  -0.1   3.7   1.2   0.5 
                                                                                                                                  
 West urban..................................    M      214.490   214.718   214.228   213.919   2.8  -0.4  -0.1   1.6  -0.1  -0.2 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      217.000   217.002   216.286   215.988   2.5  -0.5  -0.1   1.5  -0.3  -0.3 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      132.773   133.244   133.149   132.983   3.4  -0.2  -0.1   1.9   0.3  -0.1 
                                                                                                                                  
                 Size classes                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                  
   A (4).....................................    M      195.957   195.895   196.187   195.779   2.9  -0.1  -0.2   1.9   0.1   0.1 
   B/C (3)...................................    M      132.450   132.764   133.139   133.072   3.8   0.2  -0.1   2.6   0.5   0.3 
   D.........................................    M      206.341   207.120   207.739   207.417   4.1   0.1  -0.2   2.8   0.7   0.3 
                                                                                                                                  
           Selected local areas(5)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Chicago-Gary-Kenosha, IL-IN-WI..............    M      204.278   204.511   205.136   204.196   2.9  -0.2  -0.5   1.5   0.4   0.3 
 Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA.....    M      217.302   217.474   216.618   216.233   2.5  -0.6  -0.2   1.2  -0.3  -0.4 
 New York-Northern N.J.-Long Island,                                                                                              
     NY-NJ-CT-PA.............................    M      233.502   233.084   233.893   233.448   2.7   0.2  -0.2   2.3   0.2   0.3 
                                                                                                                                  
 Boston-Brockton-Nashua, MA-NH-ME-CT.........    1      235.744         -   236.859         -     -     -     -   2.2   0.5     - 
 Cleveland-Akron, OH.........................    1      192.800         -   192.871         -     -     -     -   2.1   0.0     - 
 Dallas-Fort Worth, TX.......................    1      204.298         -   205.297         -     -     -     -   1.9   0.5     - 
 Washington-Baltimore, DC-MD-VA-WV (6).......    1      140.701         -   140.608         -     -     -     -   2.1  -0.1     - 
                                                                                                                                  
 Atlanta, GA.................................    2            -   199.736         -   199.331   2.1  -0.2     -     -     -     - 
 Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint, MI.................    2            -   200.324         -   199.614   3.5  -0.4     -     -     -     - 
 Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, TX..............    2            -   189.304         -   188.842   3.1  -0.2     -     -     -     - 
 Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL...................    2            -   220.358         -   221.067   2.4   0.3     -     -     -     - 
 Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City,                                                                                           
     PA-NJ-DE-MD.............................    2            -   224.573         -   224.732   3.3   0.1     -     -     -     - 
 San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA..........    2            -   221.708         -   220.121   3.0  -0.7     -     -     -     - 
 Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton, WA................    2            -   221.339         -   220.905   2.1  -0.2     -     -     -     - 

   1 Areas on pricing schedule 2 (see Table 10) will appear next month. 
   2 Regions defined as the four Census regions.  See technical notes.
   3 Indexes on a December 1996=100 base.
   4 Indexes on a December 1986=100 base.
   5 In addition, the following metropolitan areas are published semiannually and appear in Tables 34 and 39 of the January and
 July issues of the CPI Detailed Report: Anchorage, AK; Cincinnati-Hamilton, OH-KY-IN; Denver-Boulder-Greeley, CO; Honolulu, HI;
 Kansas City, MO-KS; Milwaukee-Racine, WI; Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI; Phoenix-Mesa, AZ; Pittsburgh, PA; Portland-Salem, OR-WA;
 St. Louis, MO-IL; San Diego, CA; Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL.
   6 Indexes on a November 1996=100 base.
   - Data not available.
 NOTE:  Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.


 Table 7. Chained Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (C-CPI-U): U.S. city average, by
 expenditure category and commodity and service group

 (December 1999=100, unless otherwise noted)
                                                                                                  
                                                                                                  
                                                                                    Unadjusted    
                                                 Relative       Unadjusted      percent change to 
                                               importance,       indexes         Dec. 2009 from-  
                    C-CPI-U                     December                                          
                                                2005-2006                                         
                                                              Nov.      Dec.      Dec.      Nov.  
                                                              2009      2009      2008      2009  
                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                  
             Expenditure category                                                                 
                                                                                                  
 All items....................................    100.000   124.231   123.965       2.8      -0.2 
                                                                                                  
  Food and beverages..........................     14.726   127.616   127.781      -0.5       0.1 
   Food.......................................     13.648   127.538   127.738      -0.6       0.2 
    Food at home..............................      7.557   122.249   122.526      -2.6       0.2 
    Food away from home.......................      6.091   134.427   134.522       1.8       0.1 
   Alcoholic beverages........................      1.077   128.961   128.685       1.8      -0.2 
                                                                                                  
  Housing.....................................     42.421   127.729   127.519      -0.5      -0.2 
   Shelter....................................     32.409   130.640   130.413       0.2      -0.2 
   Fuels and utilities........................      5.004   153.587   153.402      -3.7      -0.1 
   Household furnishings and operations.......      5.008    94.161    94.020      -1.6      -0.1 
                                                                                                  
  Apparel.....................................      3.988    90.350    88.004       1.5      -2.6 
                                                                                                  
  Transportation..............................     17.393   126.788   126.638      15.7      -0.1 
   Private transportation.....................     16.285   127.413   127.216      16.7      -0.2 
   Public transportation......................      1.108   119.391   119.889       3.0       0.4 
                                                                                                  
  Medical care................................      6.085   147.213   147.164       3.1       0.0 
   Medical care commodities...................      1.615   130.309   130.145       3.2      -0.1 
   Medical care services......................      4.470   153.430   153.430       3.1       0.0 
                                                                                                  
  Recreation..................................      5.935   103.789   103.062      -2.0      -0.7 
                                                                                                  
  Education and communication.................      6.196   111.299   111.307       1.7       0.0 
   Education..................................      2.771   180.676   180.697       4.6       0.0 
   Communication..............................      3.425    73.623    73.626      -0.6       0.0 
                                                                                                  
  Other goods and services....................      3.257   135.123   135.340       6.9       0.2 
                                                                                                  
          Commodity and service group                                                             
                                                                                                  
 Services.....................................     58.427   133.887   133.707       0.7      -0.1 
 Commodities..................................     41.573   112.420   112.053       5.8      -0.3 
  Durables....................................     11.817    81.824    81.993       1.6       0.2 
 Nondurables..................................     29.756   128.273   127.584       7.5      -0.5 
  All items less food and energy..............     77.561   119.113   118.867       1.5      -0.2 
 Energy.......................................      8.790   174.226   172.737      21.2      -0.9 

 Indexes for 2009 are initial estimates.  Indexes for 2008 are interim adjustments.
 NOTE: Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.


 Table 1A. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): U.S. city average, by
 expenditure category and commodity and service group

 (1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted)
                                                                                              
                                                                                              
                                                              Annual      Annual     Percent  
                           CPI-U                             average     average      change  
                                                               2008        2009     from 2008 
                                                                                     to 2009  
                                                                                                                                                                                            
                                                                                              
                   Expenditure category                                                       
                                                                                              
 All items................................................    215.303     214.537        -0.4 
 All items (1967=100).....................................    644.951     642.658           - 
                                                                                              
  Food and beverages......................................    214.225     218.249         1.9 
   Food...................................................    214.106     217.955         1.8 
    Food at home..........................................    214.125     215.124          .5 
     Cereals and bakery products..........................    244.853     252.567         3.2 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs.......................    204.653     203.805         -.4 
     Dairy and related products...........................    210.396     197.013        -6.4 
     Fruits and vegetables................................    278.932     272.945        -2.1 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage materials........    160.045     163.034         1.9 
     Other food at home...................................    184.166     191.220         3.8 
      Sugar and sweets....................................    186.577     196.933         5.6 
      Fats and oils.......................................    196.751     201.224         2.3 
      Other foods.........................................    198.103     205.497         3.7 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1)......................    119.924     122.393         2.1 
    Food away from home...................................    215.769     223.272         3.5 
     Other food away from home (1)........................    150.640     155.852         3.5 
   Alcoholic beverages....................................    214.484     220.751         2.9 
                                                                                              
  Housing.................................................    216.264     217.057          .4 
   Shelter................................................    246.666     249.354         1.1 
    Rent of primary residence.............................    243.271     248.812         2.3 
    Lodging away from home (1)............................    143.664     134.243        -6.6 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary residence (2) (3)..    252.426     256.610         1.7 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1)..................    118.843     121.487         2.2 
   Fuels and utilities....................................    220.018     210.696        -4.2 
    Household energy......................................    200.808     188.113        -6.3 
     Fuel oil and other fuels.............................    334.405     239.778       -28.3 
     Gas (piped) and electricity..........................    202.212     193.563        -4.3 
   Household furnishings and operations...................    127.800     128.701          .7 
                                                                                              
  Apparel.................................................    118.907     120.078         1.0 
   Men's and boys' apparel................................    113.032     113.628          .5 
   Women's and girls' apparel.............................    107.460     108.091          .6 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel.........................    113.762     114.489          .6 
   Footwear...............................................    124.157     126.854         2.2 
                                                                                              
  Transportation..........................................    195.549     179.252        -8.3 
   Private transportation.................................    191.039     174.762        -8.5 
    New and used motor vehicles (1).......................     93.291      93.486          .2 
     New vehicles.........................................    134.194     135.623         1.1 
     Used cars and trucks.................................    133.951     126.973        -5.2 
    Motor fuel............................................    279.652     201.978       -27.8 
     Gasoline (all types).................................    277.457     201.555       -27.4 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment.....................    128.747     134.050         4.1 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair..................    233.859     243.337         4.1 
   Public transportation..................................    250.549     236.348        -5.7 
                                                                                              
  Medical care............................................    364.065     375.613         3.2 
   Medical care commodities...............................    296.045     305.108         3.1 
   Medical care services..................................    384.943     397.299         3.2 
    Professional services.................................    310.968     319.372         2.7 
    Hospital and related services.........................    533.953     567.879         6.4 
                                                                                              
  Recreation (1)..........................................    113.254     114.272          .9 
   Video and audio (1)....................................    102.632     101.276        -1.3 
                                                                                              
  Education and communication (1).........................    123.631     127.393         3.0 
   Education (1)..........................................    181.277     190.857         5.3 
    Educational books and supplies........................    450.187     482.072         7.1 
    Tuition, other school fees, and childcare.............    522.098     548.971         5.1 
   Communication (1)......................................     84.185      84.954          .9 
    Information and information processing (1)............     81.352      81.944          .7 
     Telephone services (1)...............................    100.451     102.392         1.9 
     Information technology, hardware and services (4)....     10.061       9.672        -3.9 
      Personal computers and peripheral equipment (5).....     94.944      82.304       -13.3 
                                                                                              
  Other goods and services................................    345.381     368.586         6.7 
   Tobacco and smoking products...........................    588.682     730.316        24.1 
   Personal care..........................................    201.279     204.587         1.6 
    Personal care products................................    159.290     162.578         2.1 
    Personal care services................................    223.669     227.588         1.8 
    Miscellaneous personal services.......................    338.921     344.469         1.6 
                                                                                              
                Commodity and service group                                                   
                                                                                              
 Commodities..............................................    174.764     169.698        -2.9 
  Food and beverages......................................    214.225     218.249         1.9 
  Commodities less food and beverages.....................    153.034     144.395        -5.6 
   Nondurables less food and beverages....................    196.192     178.959        -8.8 
    Apparel...............................................    118.907     120.078         1.0 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and apparel.........    248.809     219.592       -11.7 
   Durables...............................................    110.877     109.859         -.9 
 Services.................................................    255.498     259.154         1.4 
  Rent of shelter (2).....................................    257.152     259.924         1.1 
  Transportation services.................................    244.074     251.031         2.9 
  Other services..........................................    295.780     303.992         2.8 
                                                                                              
                      Special indexes                                                         
                                                                                              
 All items less food......................................    215.528     214.008         -.7 
 All items less shelter...................................    205.453     203.301        -1.0 
 All items less medical care..............................    207.777     206.555         -.6 
 Commodities less food....................................    155.310     147.071        -5.3 
 Nondurables less food....................................    197.297     181.453        -8.0 
 Nondurables less food and apparel........................    244.443     218.687       -10.5 
 Nondurables..............................................    205.901     198.548        -3.6 
 Services less rent of shelter (2)........................    273.000     278.064         1.9 
 Services less medical care services......................    244.987     248.122         1.3 
 Energy...................................................    236.666     193.126       -18.4 
 All items less energy....................................    214.751     218.433         1.7 
  All items less food and energy..........................    215.572     219.235         1.7 
   Commodities less food and energy commodities...........    140.246     142.041         1.3 
    Energy commodities....................................    284.352     205.281       -27.8 
   Services less energy services..........................    261.017     265.875         1.9 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar (1982-84=$1.00)..     $ .465      $ .466           - 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar (1967=$1.00).....     $ .155      $ .156           - 

   1 Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
   2 Indexes on a December 1982=100 base.
   3 This index series will undergo a change in composition in January, 2010.  The expenditure
 class will include weight from secondary residences, and will be re-titled Owners’ equivalent
 rent of residences.  The item stratum Owners’ equivalent rent of primary residences, which
 prior to January, 2010 is identical to the EC, will be published as well.
   4 Indexes on a December 1988=100 base.
   5 Indexes on a December 2007=100 base.
   - Data not available.

 

Table 4A. Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W): U.S. city
 average, by expenditure category and commodity and service group

 (1982-84=100, unless otherwise noted)
                                                                                              
                                                                                              
                                                              Annual      Annual     Percent  
                           CPI-W                             average     average      change  
                                                               2008        2009     from 2008 
                                                                                     to 2009  
                                                                                                                                                                                           
                                                                                              
                   Expenditure category                                                       
                                                                                              
 All items................................................    211.053     209.630        -0.7 
 All items (1967=100).....................................    628.661     624.423           - 
                                                                                              
  Food and beverages......................................    213.546     217.480         1.8 
   Food...................................................    213.376     217.118         1.8 
    Food at home..........................................    213.017     213.908          .4 
     Cereals and bakery products..........................    245.472     253.214         3.2 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs.......................    204.255     203.394         -.4 
     Dairy and related products...........................    209.773     195.679        -6.7 
     Fruits and vegetables................................    276.759     270.562        -2.2 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage materials........    159.324     162.598         2.1 
     Other food at home...................................    183.637     190.519         3.7 
      Sugar and sweets....................................    185.494     195.702         5.5 
      Fats and oils.......................................    197.512     202.003         2.3 
      Other foods.........................................    198.303     205.573         3.7 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1)......................    120.348     122.753         2.0 
    Food away from home...................................    215.613     223.383         3.6 
     Other food away from home (1)........................    149.731     155.607         3.9 
   Alcoholic beverages....................................    214.579     221.325         3.1 
                                                                                              
  Housing.................................................    211.839     213.144          .6 
   Shelter................................................    239.128     242.637         1.5 
    Rent of primary residence.............................    242.196     247.401         2.1 
    Lodging away from home (1)............................    143.164     135.163        -5.6 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary residence (2) (3)..    228.758     232.499         1.6 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1)..................    119.136     121.935         2.3 
   Fuels and utilities....................................    217.883     209.595        -3.8 
    Household energy......................................    197.537     186.229        -5.7 
     Fuel oil and other fuels.............................    331.784     243.003       -26.8 
     Gas (piped) and electricity..........................    200.265     191.981        -4.1 
    Water and sewer and trash collection services (1).....    152.419     161.584         6.0 
   Household furnishings and operations...................    123.635     124.632          .8 
    Household operations (1)..............................    150.130     152.818         1.8 
                                                                                              
  Apparel.................................................    118.735     119.847          .9 
   Men's and boys' apparel................................    113.490     114.340          .7 
   Women's and girls' apparel.............................    107.489     107.602          .1 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel.........................    116.266     117.202          .8 
   Footwear...............................................    124.102     127.183         2.5 
                                                                                              
  Transportation..........................................    195.692     176.729        -9.7 
   Private transportation.................................    192.492     173.491        -9.9 
    New and used motor vehicles (1).......................     92.146      91.308         -.9 
     New vehicles.........................................    135.338     136.711         1.0 
     Used cars and trucks.................................    134.731     127.687        -5.2 
    Motor fuel............................................    280.817     202.695       -27.8 
     Gasoline (all types).................................    278.728     202.375       -27.4 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment.....................    128.776     134.133         4.2 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair..................    236.353     245.795         4.0 
   Public transportation..................................    247.865     234.661        -5.3 
                                                                                              
  Medical care............................................    364.208     376.064         3.3 
   Medical care commodities...............................    287.970     296.724         3.0 
   Medical care services..................................    386.317     399.165         3.3 
    Professional services.................................    313.446     322.127         2.8 
    Hospital and related services.........................    530.193     565.029         6.6 
                                                                                              
  Recreation (1)..........................................    110.143     111.015          .8 
   Video and audio (1)....................................    102.654     101.602        -1.0 
                                                                                              
  Education and communication (1).........................    119.827     123.017         2.7 
   Education (1)..........................................    178.892     188.143         5.2 
    Educational books and supplies........................    452.880     485.025         7.1 
    Tuition, other school fees, and childcare.............    504.163     529.316         5.0 
   Communication (1)......................................     86.807      87.662         1.0 
    Information and information processing (1)............     84.828      85.571          .9 
     Telephone services (1)...............................    100.502     102.341         1.8 
     Information technology, hardware and services (4)....     10.567      10.178        -3.7 
      Personal computers and peripheral equipment (5).....     94.863      82.104       -13.4 
                                                                                              
  Other goods and services................................    357.906     391.628         9.4 
   Tobacco and smoking products...........................    591.100     735.056        24.4 
   Personal care..........................................    199.170     202.490         1.7 
    Personal care products................................    159.410     162.557         2.0 
    Personal care services................................    223.978     227.804         1.7 
    Miscellaneous personal services.......................    340.533     346.500         1.8 
                                                                                              
                Commodity and service group                                                   
                                                                                              
 Commodities..............................................    177.618     171.452        -3.5 
  Food and beverages......................................    213.546     217.480         1.8 
  Commodities less food and beverages.....................    157.481     147.327        -6.4 
   Nondurables less food and beverages....................    205.279     185.579        -9.6 
    Apparel...............................................    118.735     119.847          .9 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and apparel.........    263.756     230.503       -12.6 
   Durables...............................................    111.217     109.610        -1.4 
 Services.................................................    250.272     254.267         1.6 
  Rent of shelter (2).....................................    230.555     233.917         1.5 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1)....................    119.136     121.935         2.3 
  Gas (piped) and electricity.............................    200.265     191.981        -4.1 
  Water and sewer and trash collection services (1).......    152.419     161.584         6.0 
  Household operations (1)................................    150.130     152.818         1.8 
  Transportation services.................................    242.563     250.960         3.5 
  Medical care services...................................    386.317     399.165         3.3 
  Other services..........................................    284.319     291.572         2.6 
                                                                                              
                      Special indexes                                                         
                                                                                              
 All items less food......................................    210.452     208.128        -1.1 
 All items less shelter...................................    203.102     199.860        -1.6 
 All items less medical care..............................    204.626     202.810         -.9 
 Commodities less food....................................    159.538     149.780        -6.1 
 Nondurables less food....................................    206.047     187.718        -8.9 
 Nondurables less food and apparel........................    258.423     228.679       -11.5 
 Nondurables..............................................    210.333     201.628        -4.1 
 Services less rent of shelter (2)........................    241.567     245.814         1.8 
 Services less medical care services......................    240.275     243.796         1.5 
 Energy...................................................    237.414     192.594       -18.9 
 All items less energy....................................    208.719     212.652         1.9 
  All items less food and energy..........................    208.147     212.126         1.9 
   Commodities less food and energy commodities...........    141.084     143.099         1.4 
    Energy commodities....................................    284.270     205.325       -27.8 
   Services less energy services..........................    255.598     261.022         2.1 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar (1982-84=$1.00)..     $ .474      $ .477           - 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar (1967=$1.00).....     $ .159      $ .160           - 

   1 Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
   2 Indexes on a December 1984=100 base
   3 This index series will undergo a change in composition in January, 2010.  The expenditure
 class will include weight from secondary residences, and will be re-titled Owners’ equivalent
 rent of residences.  The item stratum Owners’ equivalent rent of primary residences, which
 prior to January, 2010 is identical to the EC, will be published as well.
   4 Indexes on a December 1988=100 base.
   5 Indexes on a December 2007=100 base.
   - Data not available.

Last Modified Date: January 15, 2010