Consumer Price Index News Release


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                 Consumer Price Index - December 2011
 
 The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) was
 unchanged in December on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau
 of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all
 items index increased 3.0 percent before seasonal adjustment.
 
 Similar to last month, the energy index declined in December and
 offset increases in other indexes. The gasoline index declined for
 the third month in a row and the household energy index declined as
 well. The food index rose in December, with the index for food at
 home turning up after declining last month.
 
 The index for all items less food and energy increased 0.1 percent in
 December after rising 0.2 percent in November. The indexes for
 shelter, recreation, medical care, and tobacco all posted increases,
 while the indexes for used cars and trucks, new vehicles, and apparel
 all declined.
 
 The all items index has risen 3.0 percent over the last 12 months, a
 decline from last month's 3.4 percent figure. Recent declines in the
 energy index have brought its 12-month change down to 6.6 percent
 from 19.3 percent in September. The 12-month change in the index for
 all items less food and energy held at 2.2 percent, while the 12-
 month change in the food index edged up from 4.6 percent to 4.7
 percent.

 
 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 
                              2011  2011  2011  2011  2011  2011  2011   Dec.  
                                                                         2011  
                                                                                                                                                              
 All items..................   -.2    .5    .4    .3   -.1    .0    .0      3.0
  Food......................    .2    .4    .5    .4    .1    .1    .2      4.7
   Food at home.............    .2    .6    .6    .6    .1   -.1    .3      6.0
   Food away from home (1)..    .3    .2    .4    .2    .2    .3    .2      2.9
  Energy....................  -4.4   2.8   1.2   2.0  -2.0  -1.6  -1.3      6.6
   Energy commodities.......  -6.3   4.3   1.6   2.7  -2.9  -2.1  -1.9     10.6
    Gasoline (all types)....  -6.8   4.7   1.9   2.9  -3.1  -2.4  -2.0      9.9
    Fuel oil (1)............  -2.2  -1.7   -.4   -.7   -.5   2.7  -1.0     18.0
   Energy services..........  -1.1    .4    .4    .7   -.4   -.7   -.3       .8
    Electricity.............  -1.6    .8   -.1    .7    .4    .4   -.2      2.2
    Utility (piped) gas                                                        
       service..............    .4  -1.2   2.2    .8  -3.0  -4.4   -.8     -3.7
  All items less food and                                                      
     energy.................    .3    .2    .2    .1    .1    .2    .1      2.2
   Commodities less food and                                                   
      energy commodities....    .5    .3    .4   -.2   -.1    .1   -.2      2.2
    New vehicles............    .6    .0    .0    .0   -.3   -.3   -.2      3.2
    Used cars and trucks....   1.6    .7    .9   -.6   -.6   -.1   -.9      4.0
    Apparel.................   1.4   1.2   1.1  -1.1    .4    .6   -.1      4.6
    Medical care commodities                                                   
       (1)..................   -.1    .0    .1    .2    .3    .2    .2      3.2
   Services less energy                                                        
      services..............    .1    .2    .2    .2    .2    .2    .3      2.3
    Shelter.................    .2    .3    .2    .1    .2    .2    .2      1.9
    Transportation services    -.3   -.1    .2    .5    .1    .1    .1      2.5
    Medical care services...    .3    .3    .3    .2    .5    .5    .4      3.6

   1 Not seasonally adjusted.




 Year in Review
 
 The CPI rose 3.0 percent in 2011 after a 1.5 percent increase in
 2010. This was the largest December-December increase since 2007.
 
 The energy index increased 6.6 percent in 2011, a deceleration from
 the 2010 increase of 7.7 percent. The gasoline index, which rose 13.8
 percent in 2010, increased 9.9 percent in 2011. In contrast, the
 household energy index accelerated in 2011, rising 1.8 percent after
 a 0.8 percent increase in 2010. The fuel oil index rose 18.0 percent
 and the electricity index increased 2.2 percent, although the index
 for natural gas declined for the third straight year, falling 3.7
 percent.
 
 The index for food accelerated in 2011, rising 4.7 percent compared
 to a 1.5 percent increase in 2010. The index for food at home rose
 6.0 percent in 2011 compared to 1.7 percent in 2010. All six major
 grocery store food group indexes rose in 2011, with increases ranging
 from 2.3 percent (fruits and vegetables) to 8.1 percent (dairy and
 related products). The index for food away from home rose 2.9 percent
 in 2011 after increasing 1.3 percent in 2010.
 
 The index for all items less food and energy also accelerated in
 2011, increasing 2.2 percent after its historical low 2010 increase
 of 0.8 percent. This was the largest increase since 2007. Several
 indexes turned up in 2011. The apparel index rose 4.6 percent after a
 1.1 percent decline the previous year. Similarly, the new vehicles
 index rose 3.2 percent in 2011 after a slight decline in 2010. The
 indexes for recreation and household furnishings and operations also
 rose in 2011 after declining in 2010. A number of other indexes rose
 more quickly in 2011 than in 2010. The shelter index accelerated
 notably, advancing 1.9 percent in 2011 after rising only 0.4 percent
 the previous year. The indexes for used cars and trucks, medical
 care, education, and personal care also rose more quickly in 2011
 than in 2010. In contrast, the indexes for tobacco and airline fare
 posted smaller increases in 2011 than 2010.
 
 
 Consumer Price Index Data for December 2011
 
 Food
 
 The food index rose 0.2 percent in December after a 0.1 percent
 increase in November. The index for food at home, which fell 0.1
 percent in November, rose 0.3 percent in December as four of the six
 major grocery store food group indexes increased. The index for
 meats, poultry, fish, and eggs rose the most, increasing 0.7 percent,
 even though the index for eggs declined. Also rising in December were
 the indexes for cereals and bakery products and for nonalcoholic
 beverages, each increasing 0.3 percent, while the index for other
 food at home rose 0.4 percent. In contrast, the fruits and vegetables
 index decreased 0.5 percent in December as the fresh vegetables index
 fell 1.4 percent, and the index for dairy and related products
 declined 0.1 percent. The index for food away from home, which rose
 0.3 percent in November, increased 0.2 percent in December.
 
 Energy
 
 The energy index declined for the third month in a row, falling 1.3
 percent in December as all of its major component indexes declined.
 The gasoline index, which fell 2.4 percent in November, declined 2.0
 percent in December. (Before seasonal adjustment, gasoline prices
 fell 4.0 percent in December.) The household energy index also
 declined, falling 0.4 percent in December, the same decrease as
 November. The index for fuel oil fell 1.0 percent, the natural gas
 index declined 0.8 percent, and the electricity index decreased 0.2
 percent.
 
 All items less food and energy
 
 The index for all items less food and energy increased 0.1 percent in
 December after rising 0.2 percent in November. The shelter index rose
 0.2 percent for the third month in a row. The rent index increased
 0.3 percent and the index for owners' equivalent rent advanced 0.2
 percent. The medical care index continued to rise significantly; its
 0.4 percent increase in December was the third in a row of at least
 that size. The medical care services index rose 0.4 percent with the
 hospital services index up 0.5 percent. The recreation index
 increased 0.4 percent in December and the indexes for tobacco,
 household furnishings and operations, and airline fares posted
 increases as well. In contrast, the index for used cars and trucks
 declined for the fourth month in a row, falling 0.9 percent, while
 the index for new vehicles fell 0.2 percent, its third consecutive
 decline. The apparel index fell 0.1 percent in December after
 increasing in seven of the last eight months. The index for personal
 care, which rose 0.6 percent in November, was unchanged in December.
 
 Not seasonally adjusted CPI measures
 
 The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased
 3.0 percent over the last 12 months to an index level of 225.672
 (1982-84=100). For the month, the index declined 0.2 percent prior to
 seasonal adjustment.
 
 The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers
 (CPI-W) increased 3.2 percent over the last 12 months to an index
 level of 222.166  (1982-84=100). For the month, the index declined
 0.3 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 0.3 percent on a not seasonally adjusted basis. Please
 note that the indexes for the post-2009 period are subject to
 revision.
 
 The Consumer Price Index for January 2012 is scheduled to be released
 on Friday, February 17, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. (EST).
 
  
 









 

 Redesigning the Consumer Price Index (CPI) Press Release Tables
 
 The format of the tables contained in the CPI News Release will
 change beginning with the CPI News Release for March, 2012, which
 will be issued on Friday, April 13, 2012.  News Release tables are
 currently available as part of the News Release pdf and html files,
 and independently in html format.  The new tables will also be
 available in Excel format.  In addition, the BLS will begin issuing
 monthly companion Excel files, which will contain additional index
 level and CPI-W information.
 
 These tables were made available for public comment during October
 2011.  In response to the public comments, the BLS will issue Excel
 files each month, as companions to the News Release.  There will be
 CPI-U and CPI-W files, and in addition to the data contained in the
 News Release tables, the Excel files will contain index values.
 Samples of the companion Excel files will be available with the
 February CPI News Release in March 2012. Samples of the new CPI press
 release tables are available now at http://www.bls.gov/cpi/mock-
 ups.htm.
 
 In August 2009, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) restructured the
 text of the CPI press release to focus on the price movements of
 three broad expenditure categories, namely Food, Energy, and All
 items less food and energy. Table A within the CPI press release text
 was also updated in August 2009 to reflect this new structure.
 Before August 2009, the text of the CPI press release had focused on
 eight CPI `major groups' (Food and beverages; Housing; Apparel;
 Transportation; Medical care; Recreation; Education and
 communication; and Other goods and services).
 
 While the text of the CPI press release was restructured in 2009,
 seven additional CPI press release tables continued to be published
 using the eight major groups. BLS has redesigned these press release
 tables, to reflect the focus on Food, Energy, and All items less food
 and energy. Within these three broad categories, CPI item series will
 be further divided into commodities and services. The CPI News
 Release will contain these updated tables beginning with the March
 2012 News Release, to be issued on Friday, April 13, 2012.
 
 Beyond the redesign in the structure of the CPI press release tables,
 several other improvements to these tables have been made.
 
 The new Table 1 gives a summary of the index series which typically
 contribute to changes in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban
 Consumers (CPI-U).
 
 The new Table 2 will show the full publication stub using the new
 structure for the CPI-U, including 11 new items series that were
 created to augment the redesign in the publication structure. Table 3
 will show aggregate item series (e.g., Transportation) that do not
 fall under the Food, Energy, and All items less food and energy
 structure.
 
 Table 4 will show the All items indexes at the local, regional, and
 city-size class levels.
 
 Table 5 will show the Chained Consumer Price Index for All Urban
 Consumers (C-CPI-U), and presents a history of annual percentage
 changes in the C-CPI-U compared to the CPI-U.
 
 Table 6 will focus on 1-month seasonally adjusted changes in the CPI-
 U, while table 7 will focus on 12-month not seasonally adjusted
 changes. Tables 6 and 7 will present three additional pieces of data
 to help users better interpret index changes. First, these tables
 will show the `effect' each item has on the price change for All
 items. For example, if the effect of food is 0.4, and the index for
 All items increased 1.2 percent, it can be said that increases in
 food prices accounted for 0.4 / 1.2, or 33.3 percent, of the increase
 in overall prices for that period. Said another way, had food prices
 been unchanged, the All items index only would have increased 0.8
 percent (or 1.2 percent for All items, minus the 0.4 effect for
 Food).  Effects can be negative as well. For example, if the effect
 of food was a negative 0.1, and the All items index rose 0.5 percent,
 the All items index actually would have been 0.1 percent higher (or
 0.6 percent) had food prices been unchanged.
 
 Second, standard errors for percent changes will be shown on tables 6
 and 7.  Confidence intervals for statistics can be created using
 standard errors; e.g., roughly 95% confidence intervals can be
 constructed using two standard errors. For example, if an item
 increased 3.7 percent, and its standard error was 0.6 percent, the
 95% confidence interval for that price change can be said to be 3.7
 percent plus or minus two standard errors, or 3.7 percent plus or
 minus 1.2 percent.
 
 Finally, each item series in tables 6 and 7 will show the last time
 that item had a price change as large (or as small) as the percent
 change published that period. For example, if bananas rose 3.7
 percent, and that was its largest increase since November 2007, that
 would be noted in the new tables.
 
 In addition, most of the existing tables show the `relative
 importance', or weight, of each item category as of the previous
 December. The relative importance columns in the new tables will be
 improved in that they will be updated monthly to reflect the change
 in relative prices over time.
 
 Finally, there will no longer be any press release tables that focus
 on the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical
 Workers (CPI-W). That said, the CPI-W All items index level and
 percent changes will still be noted in the text of the press release,
 and a companion Excel file with CPI-W information will be available.
 
 
 Expenditure Weight Update
 
 Effective with the release of the January 2012 CPI on February 17,
 2012, 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 2009-10
 period. The updated expenditure weights for these indexes will
 replace the 2007-2008 weights that were introduced effective with the
 January 2010 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 26,000
 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.
 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 116.500.  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 0.03 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 0.06 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 0.14 and 0.26 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 2010".  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/cpivar2010.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 2006 through December 2010 were replaced in January
 2011.  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.
 
 Effective with the publication of data from January 2006 through
 December 2010 in January 2011, the Video and audio series and the
 Information technology, hardware and services series were changed
 from independently adjusted to dependently adjusted.  This resulted
 in an increase in the number of seasonal components used in deriving
 seasonal movement of the All items and 54 other lower level
 aggregations, from 73 for the publication of January 1998 through
 December 2005 data to 82 for the publication of seasonally adjusted
 data for January 2006 and later.  Each year the seasonal status of
 every series is reevaluated based upon certain statistical criteria.
 If any of the 82 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 before that
 period will not be changed.  Note: 37 of the 82 components are not
 seasonally adjusted for 2011.
 
 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 2011, 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 David Levin at
 (202) 691-6968, or by e-mail at Levin.David@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
 15, 2012
 
 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 2007 through December 2011, on Wednesday, February 15, 2012.
 This date is two working days before the scheduled release of the
 January 2012 CPI on Friday, February 17, 2012.
 
 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, 2007-2011.
 
 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. 2011    percent change from- 
                     CPI-U                     importance,                            from-                             
                                                 December                                                               
                                                   2010       Nov.       Dec.                      Sep.    Oct.    Nov. 
                                                              2011       2011      Dec.    Nov.     to      to      to  
                                                                                   2010    2011    Oct.    Nov.    Dec. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                        
             Expenditure category                                                                                       
                                                                                                                        
 All items....................................    100.000    226.230    225.672     3.0    -0.2    -0.1     0.0     0.0 
 All items (1967=100).........................          -    677.684    676.014       -       -       -       -       - 
                                                                                                                        
  Food and beverages..........................     14.792    230.656    231.130     4.5     0.2     0.1     0.1     0.2 
   Food.......................................     13.742    230.790    231.301     4.7     0.2     0.1     0.1     0.2 
    Food at home..............................      7.816    229.380    229.982     6.0     0.3     0.1    -0.1     0.3 
     Cereals and bakery products..............      1.090    265.552    265.997     6.1     0.2     0.4     0.3     0.3 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs...........      1.813    227.583    228.853     7.9     0.6     0.5    -0.1     0.7 
     Dairy and related products (1)...........       .839    218.767    218.458     8.1    -0.1     0.1    -0.3    -0.1 
     Fruits and vegetables....................      1.152    282.605    283.550     2.3     0.3    -1.7    -0.6    -0.5 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                
         materials............................       .926    168.606    168.520     5.8    -0.1     0.5     0.2     0.3 
     Other food at home.......................      1.996    199.924    200.566     5.5     0.3     0.4    -0.1     0.4 
      Sugar and sweets (1)....................       .297    210.039    210.846     3.8     0.4     0.1    -1.7     0.4 
      Fats and oils...........................       .232    224.907    227.601    13.5     1.2     0.3     0.8     1.7 
      Other foods.............................      1.466    211.649    211.986     4.5     0.2     0.4     0.1     0.2 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)......       .432    125.702    126.293     3.2     0.5     0.3     0.2     0.5 
    Food away from home (1)...................      5.926    234.046    234.435     2.9     0.2     0.2     0.3     0.2 
     Other food away from home (1) (2)........       .329    164.120    164.095     2.1     0.0     0.4     0.1     0.0 
   Alcoholic beverages........................      1.051    227.363    227.335     1.4     0.0     0.0     0.0     0.1 
                                                                                                                        
  Housing.....................................     41.460    219.969    220.193     1.9     0.1     0.1     0.1     0.1 
   Shelter....................................     31.955    253.312    253.716     1.9     0.2     0.2     0.2     0.2 
    Rent of primary residence (3).............      5.925    256.367    257.189     2.5     0.3     0.4     0.2     0.3 
    Lodging away from home (2)................       .776    130.687    128.131     2.0    -2.0    -1.7    -0.1    -0.2 
    Owners' equivalent rent of residences (3)                                                                           
        (4)...................................     24.905    261.503    261.982     1.8     0.2     0.2     0.1     0.2 
     Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                 
         residence (3) (4)....................     23.310    261.479    261.960     1.8     0.2     0.2     0.1     0.2 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)..       .349    128.777    129.480     2.6     0.5     0.4     0.3     0.5 
   Fuels and utilities........................      5.096    218.199    217.674     2.4    -0.2    -0.2    -0.3    -0.2 
    Household energy..........................      4.000    190.444    189.711     1.8    -0.4    -0.3    -0.4    -0.4 
     Fuel oil and other fuels (1).............       .309    342.823    340.512    14.3    -0.7     0.1     2.3    -0.7 
     Energy services (3)......................      3.691    190.572    189.891     0.8    -0.4    -0.4    -0.7    -0.3 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                
        services (2)..........................      1.095    182.254    182.758     4.7     0.3     0.2     0.2     0.5 
   Household furnishings and operations.......      4.409    125.073    125.170     1.0     0.1     0.1     0.0     0.1 
    Household operations (1) (2)..............       .772    152.578    152.729     1.4     0.1     0.3     0.1     0.1 
                                                                                                                        
  Apparel.....................................      3.601    127.285    123.470     4.6    -3.0     0.4     0.6    -0.1 
   Men's and boys' apparel....................       .882    119.930    115.997     5.7    -3.3     0.6     1.2    -0.8 
   Women's and girls' apparel.................      1.520    115.603    110.918     4.9    -4.1     0.6     0.9    -0.4 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel.............       .192    118.775    118.032     4.9    -0.6    -0.8     1.2     2.1 
   Footwear...................................       .700    130.293    128.208     1.3    -1.6    -1.0    -0.3     0.4 
                                                                                                                        
  Transportation..............................     17.308    211.358    208.585     5.2    -1.3    -1.1    -0.8    -0.7 
   Private transportation.....................     16.082    206.635    203.809     5.3    -1.4    -1.2    -0.9    -0.8 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)...........      6.333    100.021     99.795     2.8    -0.2    -0.4    -0.3    -0.4 
     New vehicles.............................      3.513    142.736    142.953     3.2     0.2    -0.3    -0.3    -0.2 
     Used cars and trucks.....................      2.055    149.230    148.140     4.0    -0.7    -0.6    -0.1    -0.9 
    Motor fuel................................      5.079    294.049    282.501    10.3    -3.9    -3.1    -2.4    -2.0 
     Gasoline (all types).....................      4.865    292.486    280.713     9.9    -4.0    -3.1    -2.4    -2.0 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1).....       .408    146.338    147.499     5.9     0.8    -0.2     0.7     0.8 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair (1)..      1.172    255.663    255.644     2.2     0.0     0.2     0.0     0.0 
   Public transportation......................      1.227    268.478    266.958     3.8    -0.6     0.0     0.1     0.0 
                                                                                                                        
  Medical care................................      6.627    404.858    405.629     3.5     0.2     0.5     0.4     0.4 
   Medical care commodities (1)...............      1.633    326.624    327.254     3.2     0.2     0.3     0.2     0.2 
   Medical care services......................      4.994    429.191    430.005     3.6     0.2     0.5     0.5     0.4 
    Professional services.....................      2.830    337.347    337.907     2.2     0.2     0.3     0.2     0.3 
    Hospital and related services.............      1.703    654.117    653.839     5.3     0.0     0.6     0.7     0.5 
                                                                                                                        
  Recreation (2)..............................      6.293    113.232    113.499     1.0     0.2    -0.1     0.1     0.4 
   Video and audio (2)........................      1.816     98.315     98.225     1.1    -0.1     0.3    -0.1     0.3 
                                                                                                                        
  Education and communication (2).............      6.421    132.750    132.728     1.7     0.0     0.2     0.2     0.1 
   Education (2)..............................      3.107    212.751    212.745     4.6     0.0     0.4     0.5     0.3 
    Educational books and supplies............       .204    541.618    540.742     5.2    -0.2     0.4     0.7    -0.2 
    Tuition, other school fees, and childcare       2.903    611.581    611.633     4.6     0.0     0.4     0.5     0.3 
   Communication (2)..........................      3.313     83.016     82.990    -1.1     0.0     0.0     0.0     0.0 
    Information and information processing (2)      3.138     79.625     79.599    -1.4     0.0     0.0     0.0     0.0 
     Telephone services (1) (2)...............      2.334    101.259    101.397    -0.3     0.1     0.2     0.0     0.1 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                               
         services (5).........................       .804      8.866      8.818    -4.5    -0.5    -0.4    -0.1    -0.6 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                 
          equipment (6).......................       .228     65.849     64.348   -12.5    -2.3    -0.8     0.7    -2.5 
                                                                                                                        
  Other goods and services....................      3.497    390.761    391.043     1.7     0.1     0.1     0.5     0.1 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)...........       .906    843.604    847.063     2.3     0.4     0.0     0.1     0.4 
   Personal care..............................      2.591    210.354    210.257     1.5     0.0     0.1     0.6     0.0 
    Personal care products (1)................       .671    161.585    160.825     0.1    -0.5     0.3     0.5    -0.5 
    Personal care services (1)................       .638    232.216    232.302     0.9     0.0     0.1     0.4     0.0 
    Miscellaneous personal services...........      1.055    367.157    367.912     3.2     0.2     0.2     0.5     0.5 
                                                                                                                        
          Commodity and service group                                                                                   
                                                                                                                        
 Commodities..................................     40.012    184.791    183.345     4.2    -0.8    -0.4    -0.3    -0.3 
  Food and beverages..........................     14.792    230.656    231.130     4.5     0.2     0.1     0.1     0.2 
  Commodities less food and beverages.........     25.219    160.091    157.921     4.0    -1.4    -0.8    -0.5    -0.6 
   Nondurables less food and beverages........     15.474    208.902    204.529     5.5    -2.1    -1.4    -0.1    -0.7 
    Apparel...................................      3.601    127.285    123.470     4.6    -3.0     0.4     0.6    -0.1 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                               
        apparel...............................     11.873    264.478    259.668     5.8    -1.8    -1.8    -0.6    -0.9 
   Durables...................................      9.745    112.405    112.277     1.6    -0.1    -0.4    -0.4    -0.1 
 Services.....................................     59.988    267.413    267.737     2.2     0.1     0.2     0.1     0.2 
  Rent of shelter (4).........................     31.607    263.931    264.341     1.9     0.2     0.2     0.3     0.3 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)....       .349    128.777    129.480     2.6     0.5     0.4     0.3     0.5 
  Energy services (3).........................      3.691    190.572    189.891     0.8    -0.4    -0.4    -0.7    -0.3 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                  
      services (2)............................      1.095    182.254    182.758     4.7     0.3     0.2     0.2     0.5 
  Household operations (1) (2)................       .772    152.578    152.729     1.4     0.1     0.3     0.1     0.1 
  Transportation services.....................      6.140    270.117    269.858     2.5    -0.1     0.1     0.1     0.1 
  Medical care services.......................      4.994    429.191    430.005     3.6     0.2     0.5     0.5     0.4 
  Other services..............................     11.340    317.275    318.043     2.3     0.2     0.2     0.3     0.5 
                                                                                                                        
                Special indexes                                                                                         
                                                                                                                        
 All items less food..........................     86.258    225.532    224.805     2.7    -0.3    -0.1     0.0     0.0 
 All items less shelter.......................     68.045    218.205    217.260     3.5    -0.4    -0.2    -0.1    -0.1 
 All items less medical care..................     93.373    217.479    216.875     2.9    -0.3    -0.1     0.0     0.0 
 Commodities less food........................     26.270    162.572    160.453     3.9    -1.3    -0.7    -0.4    -0.6 
 Nondurables less food........................     16.525    210.101    205.966     5.2    -2.0    -1.3    -0.1    -0.5 
 Nondurables less food and apparel............     12.923    259.934    255.567     5.4    -1.7    -1.7    -0.5    -0.8 
 Nondurables..................................     30.266    220.592    218.411     5.0    -1.0    -0.6     0.1    -0.3 
 Services less rent of shelter (4)............     28.382    292.242    292.487     2.5     0.1     0.2     0.1     0.3 
 Services less medical care services..........     54.994    254.978    255.271     2.0     0.1     0.2     0.3     0.3 
 Energy.......................................      9.079    238.177    232.300     6.6    -2.5    -2.0    -1.6    -1.3 
 All items less energy........................     90.921    226.818    226.795     2.6     0.0     0.1     0.2     0.2 
  All items less food and energy..............     77.179    226.859    226.740     2.2    -0.1     0.1     0.2     0.1 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                     
       commodities............................     20.882    146.811    145.929     2.2    -0.6    -0.1     0.1    -0.2 
    Energy commodities........................      5.388    298.530    287.363    10.6    -3.7    -2.9    -2.1    -1.9 
   Services less energy services..............     56.297    275.224    275.643     2.3     0.2     0.2     0.2     0.3 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1982-84=$1.00)..........................          -     $ .442     $ .443       -       -       -       -       - 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1967=$1.00).............................          -     $ .148     $ .148       -       -       -       -       - 

   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 Indexes on a December 1988=100 base.
   6 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.                                                  
                                               2011      2011      2011      2011                                                  
                                                                                      Mar.    June    Sep.    Dec.    June    Dec. 
                                                                                      2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                   
            Expenditure category                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
 All items.................................  226.955   226.763   226.720   226.747     6.1     1.5     4.8    -0.4     3.8     2.2 
                                                                                                                                   
  Food and beverages.......................  230.542   230.795   230.917   231.401     7.1     4.0     5.3     1.5     5.5     3.4 
   Food....................................  230.673   230.948   231.073   231.571     7.5     4.1     5.7     1.6     5.8     3.6 
    Food at home...........................  229.911   230.077   229.869   230.448    11.2     4.7     7.4     0.9     7.9     4.1 
     Cereals and bakery products...........  264.757   265.757   266.605   267.352     5.7     7.1     7.8     4.0     6.4     5.9 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs........  226.323   227.379   227.206   228.825    13.5     9.0     5.0     4.5    11.2     4.8 
     Dairy and related products (1)........  219.381   219.493   218.767   218.458     8.4    12.4    14.1    -1.7    10.4     5.9 
     Fruits and vegetables.................  289.690   284.749   283.020   281.558    23.3   -10.2    11.0   -10.8     5.3    -0.5 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                           
         materials.........................  167.995   168.863   169.220   169.663    10.4     6.3     2.7     4.0     8.3     3.4 
     Other food at home....................  200.393   201.118   200.969   201.782     7.1     5.1     7.0     2.8     6.1     4.9 
      Sugar and sweets (1).................  213.330   213.602   210.039   210.846     4.8     4.3    11.4    -4.6     4.6     3.1 
      Fats and oils........................  223.600   224.341   226.162   230.040    25.8     9.2     7.9    12.0    17.2    10.0 
      Other foods..........................  211.873   212.752   212.965   213.360     4.8     4.6     6.0     2.8     4.7     4.4 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)...  125.044   125.461   125.702   126.293     0.8     3.4     4.4     4.1     2.1     4.2 
    Food away from home (1)................  233.032   233.459   234.046   234.435     2.8     3.2     3.4     2.4     3.0     2.9 
     Other food away from home (1) (2).....  163.334   163.978   164.120   164.095     3.0     1.5     2.1     1.9     2.3     2.0 
   Alcoholic beverages.....................  227.285   227.240   227.322   227.617     1.6     3.4     0.0     0.6     2.5     0.3 
                                                                                                                                   
  Housing..................................  220.162   220.446   220.631   220.918     1.9     1.7     2.6     1.4     1.8     2.0 
   Shelter.................................  252.726   253.214   253.601   254.071     1.3     1.9     2.3     2.1     1.6     2.2 
    Rent of primary residence (3)..........  254.857   255.853   256.398   257.043     1.7     1.2     3.5     3.5     1.5     3.5 
    Lodging away from home (2).............  139.636   137.306   137.157   136.846    -1.0    25.8    -6.1    -7.8    11.6    -6.9 
    Owners' equivalent rent of residences                                                                                          
        (3) (4)............................  260.548   261.086   261.466   261.932     1.3     1.3     2.4     2.1     1.3     2.3 
     Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                            
         residence (3) (4).................  260.522   261.064   261.443   261.910     1.3     1.3     2.4     2.1     1.3     2.3 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1)                                                                                           
        (2)................................  127.922   128.416   128.777   129.480    -1.0     4.2     2.4     5.0     1.5     3.7 
   Fuels and utilities.....................  222.606   222.093   221.414   221.013     7.1     0.8     4.9    -2.8     3.9     1.0 
    Household energy.......................  195.624   194.943   194.073   193.353     7.2    -0.1     5.2    -4.6     3.5     0.2 
     Fuel oil and other fuels (1)..........  334.735   335.148   342.823   340.512    73.2    -1.3    -6.9     7.1    30.7    -0.2 
     Energy services (3)...................  196.677   195.909   194.549   193.883     2.8     0.0     6.4    -5.6     1.4     0.2 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                           
        services (2).......................  181.374   181.744   182.124   183.054     6.7     4.3     4.1     3.8     5.5     3.9 
   Household furnishings and operations....  125.249   125.369   125.428   125.550     0.2     1.4     1.4     1.0     0.8     1.2 
    Household operations (1) (2)...........  151.967   152.415   152.578   152.729    -0.3     3.2     0.6     2.0     1.4     1.3 
                                                                                                                                   
  Apparel..................................  123.529   124.021   124.802   124.656    -1.5    11.5     5.0     3.7     4.8     4.3 
   Men's and boys' apparel.................  116.635   117.293   118.669   117.681    -2.3    17.1     5.4     3.6     7.0     4.5 
   Women's and girls' apparel..............  110.218   110.866   111.907   111.514    -2.3    12.4     5.2     4.8     4.8     5.0 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel..........  116.253   115.333   116.712   119.110   -12.7     6.6    17.9    10.2    -3.5    14.0 
   Footwear................................  129.833   128.577   128.246   128.778     1.0     5.0     2.4    -3.2     3.0    -0.4 
                                                                                                                                   
  Transportation...........................  217.280   214.819   213.076   211.532    23.9    -3.1    13.9   -10.2     9.5     1.2 
   Private transportation..................  212.785   210.201   208.351   206.725    24.1    -2.6    14.6   -10.9     9.9     1.0 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)........  101.095   100.651   100.359    99.928     4.5    11.6     0.4    -4.5     8.0    -2.1 
     New vehicles..........................  143.509   143.020   142.605   142.288     6.4    10.1     0.0    -3.4     8.3    -1.7 
     Used cars and trucks..................  152.354   151.440   151.235   149.807     2.5    16.8     4.4    -6.5     9.4    -1.2 
    Motor fuel.............................  318.141   308.228   300.919   294.963    74.8   -20.2    43.9   -26.1    18.1     3.1 
     Gasoline (all types)..................  317.446   307.494   300.146   294.255    71.2   -20.5    45.4   -26.2    16.7     3.6 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1)..  145.646   145.308   146.338   147.499     4.3    11.7     2.9     5.2     7.9     4.0 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair                                                                                           
        (1)................................  255.244   255.774   255.663   255.644     1.1     2.8     4.4     0.6     1.9     2.5 
   Public transportation...................  269.718   269.679   270.023   270.081    21.4    -9.5     5.2     0.5     4.8     2.8 
                                                                                                                                   
  Medical care.............................  402.269   404.134   405.817   407.278     2.9     3.2     2.8     5.1     3.1     3.9 
   Medical care commodities (1)............  325.130   325.962   326.624   327.254     7.1     1.8     1.3     2.6     4.4     2.0 
   Medical care services...................  426.192   428.457   430.539   432.322     1.6     3.7     3.3     5.9     2.6     4.6 
    Professional services..................  336.855   337.940   338.505   339.393     2.3     1.4     2.1     3.0     1.8     2.6 
    Hospital and related services..........  647.688   651.366   655.671   658.660     2.3     7.7     4.2     7.0     4.9     5.6 
                                                                                                                                   
  Recreation (2)...........................  113.379   113.299   113.381   113.887     1.8     0.8    -0.2     1.8     1.3     0.8 
   Video and audio (2).....................   98.421    98.742    98.676    98.934     2.5    -2.2     2.1     2.1     0.1     2.1 
                                                                                                                                   
  Education and communication (2)..........  131.772   132.015   132.333   132.494     1.8     1.2     1.4     2.2     1.5     1.8 
   Education (2)...........................  209.477   210.224   211.311   211.924     5.2     3.9     4.6     4.8     4.6     4.7 
    Educational books and supplies.........  535.859   537.994   541.856   540.898     6.6     4.1     6.4     3.8     5.4     5.1 
    Tuition, other school fees, and                                                                                                
        childcare..........................  601.966   604.094   607.131   609.094     5.1     3.9     4.5     4.8     4.5     4.7 
   Communication (2).......................   83.064    83.078    83.052    83.016    -1.4    -1.3    -1.6    -0.2    -1.3    -0.9 
    Information and information processing                                                                                         
        (2)................................   79.673    79.688    79.662    79.626    -2.3    -1.4    -1.6    -0.2    -1.9    -0.9 
     Telephone services (1) (2)............  101.084   101.257   101.259   101.397    -1.9    -0.2    -0.5     1.2    -1.0     0.4 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                                          
         services (5)......................    8.933     8.895     8.882     8.830    -3.5    -4.9    -5.0    -4.5    -4.2    -4.8 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                            
          equipment (6)....................   66.391    65.874    66.318    64.684   -14.3    -9.3   -16.4    -9.9   -11.8   -13.2 
                                                                                                                                   
  Other goods and services.................  388.859   389.064   390.879   391.225     0.6     0.9     2.9     2.5     0.7     2.7 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)........  843.141   842.785   843.604   847.063     1.5    -0.9     7.1     1.9     0.3     4.4 
   Personal care...........................  209.012   209.193   210.441   210.389     0.2     1.5     1.5     2.7     0.9     2.1 
    Personal care products (1).............  160.162   160.705   161.585   160.825     0.8    -2.0     0.0     1.7    -0.6     0.8 
    Personal care services (1).............  230.974   231.238   232.216   232.302    -0.2     1.0     0.6     2.3     0.4     1.5 
    Miscellaneous personal services........  364.789   365.594   367.300   369.186     1.7     2.8     3.4     4.9     2.3     4.1 
                                                                                                                                   
        Commodity and service group                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                   
 Commodities...............................  186.622   185.783   185.276   184.737    12.6     0.9     8.1    -4.0     6.6     1.9 
  Food and beverages.......................  230.542   230.795   230.917   231.401     7.1     4.0     5.3     1.5     5.5     3.4 
  Commodities less food and beverages......  162.643   161.394   160.650   159.718    15.9    -0.8     9.7    -7.0     7.2     1.0 
   Nondurables less food and beverages.....  212.876   209.810   209.529   208.056    23.3    -2.5    13.0    -8.8     9.6     1.6 
    Apparel................................  123.529   124.021   124.802   124.656    -1.5    11.5     5.0     3.7     4.8     4.3 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                                          
        apparel............................  273.642   268.818   267.123   264.843    32.0    -7.2    16.6   -12.3    10.7     1.1 
   Durables................................  113.488   113.001   112.495   112.398     3.1     7.6    -0.3    -3.8     5.4    -2.0 
 Services..................................  267.015   267.482   267.869   268.465     2.1     1.8     2.6     2.2     1.9     2.4 
  Rent of shelter (4)......................  263.256   263.905   264.781   265.563    -0.3     1.6     2.9     3.6     0.6     3.2 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)   127.922   128.416   128.777   129.480    -1.0     4.2     2.4     5.0     1.5     3.7 
  Energy services (3)......................  196.677   195.909   194.549   193.883     2.8     0.0     6.4    -5.6     1.4     0.2 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                             
      services (2).........................  181.374   181.744   182.124   183.054     6.7     4.3     4.1     3.8     5.5     3.9 
  Household operations (1) (2).............  151.967   152.415   152.578   152.729    -0.3     3.2     0.6     2.0     1.4     1.3 
  Transportation services..................  269.113   269.469   269.605   269.976     6.4     0.3     2.1     1.3     3.3     1.7 
  Medical care services....................  426.192   428.457   430.539   432.322     1.6     3.7     3.3     5.9     2.6     4.6 
  Other services...........................  315.430   315.958   316.890   318.326     2.0     1.7     1.9     3.7     1.8     2.8 
                                                                                                                                   
              Special indexes                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                   
 All items less food.......................  226.389   226.124   226.054   226.007     5.9     1.1     4.7    -0.7     3.5     2.0 
 All items less shelter....................  219.458   218.994   218.781   218.633     8.5     1.3     6.0    -1.5     4.8     2.2 
 All items less medical care...............  218.324   218.055   217.947   217.919     6.4     1.3     5.0    -0.7     3.8     2.1 
 Commodities less food.....................  165.062   163.841   163.117   162.214    15.3    -0.7     9.3    -6.7     7.0     1.0 
 Nondurables less food.....................  213.675   210.929   210.810   209.658    21.0    -2.3    12.0    -7.3     8.7     1.9 
 Nondurables less food and apparel.........  268.178   263.695   262.297   260.257    29.3    -6.2    14.9   -11.3    10.1     0.9 
 Nondurables...............................  222.435   221.009   221.167   220.517    15.4     0.2     8.8    -3.4     7.5     2.5 
 Services less rent of shelter (4).........  291.867   292.461   292.863   293.829     2.9     1.7     2.5     2.7     2.3     2.6 
 Services less medical care services.......  254.668   255.055   255.717   256.482     1.0     1.5     2.7     2.9     1.3     2.8 
 Energy....................................  252.319   247.248   243.319   240.111    42.4   -12.5    26.6   -18.0    11.6     1.9 
 All items less energy.....................  226.190   226.491   226.841   227.196     2.8     3.1     2.7     1.8     3.0     2.2 
  All items less food and energy...........  226.137   226.444   226.836   227.166     2.0     2.9     2.1     1.8     2.5     2.0 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                                
       commodities.........................  146.533   146.428   146.573   146.337     1.9     5.9     1.5    -0.5     3.9     0.5 
    Energy commodities.....................  321.179   311.714   305.104   299.289    74.7   -19.2    40.5   -24.6    18.8     2.9 
   Services less energy services...........  274.216   274.800   275.351   276.067     2.1     1.9     2.3     2.7     2.0     2.5 

   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 Indexes on a December 1988=100 base.
   6 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.2011 from--   Nov.2011 from-- 
                                              schedule                                                                            
                                                 (1)      Sep.      Oct.      Nov.      Dec.                                      
                                                          2011      2011      2011      2011    Dec.  Oct.  Nov.  Nov.  Sep.  Oct.
                                                                                                2010  2011  2011  2010  2011  2011
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                  
 U.S. city average...........................    M      226.889   226.421   226.230   225.672   3.0  -0.3  -0.2   3.4  -0.3  -0.1 
                                                                                                                                  
           Region and area size(2)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Northeast urban.............................    M      243.323   243.014   242.652   241.987   2.9  -0.4  -0.3   3.2  -0.3  -0.1 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      244.983   244.534   244.076   243.328   2.7  -0.5  -0.3   3.1  -0.4  -0.2 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      145.369   145.404   145.335   145.062   3.4  -0.2  -0.2   3.6   0.0   0.0 
                                                                                                                                  
 Midwest urban...............................    M      216.968   215.653   215.614   215.173   2.8  -0.2  -0.2   3.3  -0.6   0.0 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      217.360   216.130   216.097   215.633   2.7  -0.2  -0.2   3.2  -0.6   0.0 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      139.542   138.573   138.453   138.186   2.9  -0.3  -0.2   3.3  -0.8  -0.1 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      213.606   212.476   212.907   212.505   3.1   0.0  -0.2   3.3  -0.3   0.2 
                                                                                                                                  
 South urban.................................    M      220.371   219.969   219.961   219.469   3.3  -0.2  -0.2   3.8  -0.2   0.0 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      221.242   220.515   220.654   220.152   2.9  -0.2  -0.2   3.4  -0.3   0.1 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      140.471   140.303   140.218   139.838   3.4  -0.3  -0.3   3.9  -0.2  -0.1 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      224.462   224.574   224.714   224.892   4.0   0.1   0.1   4.2   0.1   0.1 
                                                                                                                                  
 West urban..................................    M      229.147   229.195   228.771   228.117   2.7  -0.5  -0.3   3.2  -0.2  -0.2 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      233.221   233.259   232.851   232.106   2.7  -0.5  -0.3   3.1  -0.2  -0.2 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      138.564   138.696   138.411   138.017   2.7  -0.5  -0.3   3.3  -0.1  -0.2 
                                                                                                                                  
                 Size classes                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                  
   A (4).....................................    M      206.883   206.393   206.201   205.636   2.8  -0.4  -0.3   3.2  -0.3  -0.1 
   B/C (3)...................................    M      140.584   140.355   140.225   139.881   3.2  -0.3  -0.2   3.6  -0.3  -0.1 
   D.........................................    M      220.391   219.959   220.020   219.950   3.5   0.0   0.0   3.7  -0.2   0.0 
                                                                                                                                  
           Selected local areas(5)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Chicago-Gary-Kenosha, IL-IN-WI..............    M      220.027   219.592   219.181   218.180   2.1  -0.6  -0.5   2.9  -0.4  -0.2 
 Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA.....    M      233.022   233.049   232.731   231.567   2.2  -0.6  -0.5   3.0  -0.1  -0.1 
 New York-Northern N.J.-Long Island,                                                                                              
     NY-NJ-CT-PA.............................    M      250.559   250.051   249.317   248.307   2.7  -0.7  -0.4   3.0  -0.5  -0.3 
                                                                                                                                  
 Boston-Brockton-Nashua, MA-NH-ME-CT.........    1      245.310         -   245.030         -     -     -     -   2.9  -0.1     - 
 Cleveland-Akron, OH.........................    1      213.004         -   211.225         -     -     -     -   2.5  -0.8     - 
 Dallas-Fort Worth, TX.......................    1      209.255         -   209.283         -     -     -     -   4.0   0.0     - 
 Washington-Baltimore, DC-MD-VA-WV (6).......    1      147.658         -   147.565         -     -     -     -   3.3  -0.1     - 
                                                                                                                                  
 Atlanta, GA.................................    2            -   209.182         -   208.590   3.0  -0.3     -     -     -     - 
 Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint, MI.................    2            -   212.927         -   213.505   3.5   0.3     -     -     -     - 
 Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, TX..............    2            -   201.398         -   200.477   3.1  -0.5     -     -     -     - 
 Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL...................    2            -   232.141         -   231.794   3.1  -0.1     -     -     -     - 
 Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City,                                                                                           
     PA-NJ-DE-MD.............................    2            -   235.440         -   234.312   2.8  -0.5     -     -     -     - 
 San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA..........    2            -   235.331         -   234.327   2.9  -0.4     -     -     -     - 
 Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton, WA................    2            -   235.916         -   234.812   3.5  -0.5     -     -     -     - 

   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. 2011    percent change from- 
                     CPI-W                     importance,                            from-                             
                                                 December                                                               
                                                   2010       Nov.       Dec.                      Sep.    Oct.    Nov. 
                                                              2011       2011      Dec.    Nov.     to      to      to  
                                                                                   2010    2011    Oct.    Nov.    Dec. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                        
             Expenditure category                                                                                       
                                                                                                                        
 All items....................................    100.000    222.813    222.166     3.2    -0.3    -0.1    -0.1     0.0 
 All items (1967=100).........................          -    663.692    661.766       -       -       -       -       - 
                                                                                                                        
  Food and beverages..........................     16.401    230.186    230.642     4.6     0.2     0.1     0.1     0.2 
   Food.......................................     15.315    230.143    230.624     4.8     0.2     0.1     0.1     0.2 
    Food at home..............................      8.906    228.405    228.925     6.1     0.2     0.1    -0.1     0.2 
     Cereals and bakery products..............      1.236    266.639    266.752     6.1     0.0     0.4     0.4     0.2 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs...........      2.227    227.643    228.845     8.0     0.5     0.5    -0.1     0.7 
     Dairy and related products (1)...........       .917    217.557    217.503     8.2     0.0     0.0    -0.4     0.0 
     Fruits and vegetables....................      1.219    279.989    280.711     2.5     0.3    -1.5    -0.7    -0.5 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                
         materials............................      1.091    167.739    167.577     5.6    -0.1     0.5     0.2     0.2 
     Other food at home.......................      2.217    199.146    199.694     5.6     0.3     0.3     0.0     0.3 
      Sugar and sweets (1)....................       .324    209.091    209.639     3.7     0.3     0.3    -1.5     0.3 
      Fats and oils...........................       .258    226.119    229.065    14.0     1.3     0.4     0.8     1.7 
      Other foods.............................      1.635    211.618    211.835     4.6     0.1     0.3     0.1     0.1 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)......       .463    125.761    126.235     3.2     0.4     0.4     0.1     0.4 
    Food away from home (1)...................      6.409    234.240    234.666     3.0     0.2     0.2     0.3     0.2 
     Other food away from home (1) (2)........       .326    165.228    165.205     2.2     0.0     0.4     0.1     0.0 
   Alcoholic beverages........................      1.086    229.379    229.467     1.7     0.0     0.0     0.1     0.1 
                                                                                                                        
  Housing.....................................     39.228    216.723    217.009     1.9     0.1     0.1     0.1     0.1 
   Shelter....................................     29.811    247.313    247.858     1.9     0.2     0.2     0.2     0.2 
    Rent of primary residence (3).............      8.396    254.446    255.322     2.4     0.3     0.3     0.2     0.3 
    Lodging away from home (2)................       .436    131.860    129.754     1.9    -1.6    -1.6     0.2     0.0 
    Owners' equivalent rent of residences (3)                                                                           
        (4)...................................     20.672    236.869    237.350     1.7     0.2     0.2     0.2     0.2 
     Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                 
         residence (3) (4)....................     19.942    236.859    237.342     1.7     0.2     0.2     0.2     0.2 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)..       .306    129.912    130.695     2.4     0.6     0.4     0.3     0.6 
   Fuels and utilities........................      5.633    216.546    216.074     2.5    -0.2    -0.3    -0.3    -0.2 
    Household energy..........................      4.476    188.244    187.586     1.9    -0.3    -0.4    -0.4    -0.3 
     Fuel oil and other fuels (1).............       .301    342.717    340.375    13.6    -0.7     0.2     2.3    -0.7 
     Energy services (3)......................      4.175    189.671    189.060     1.1    -0.3    -0.5    -0.6    -0.3 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                
        services (2)..........................      1.157    182.664    183.178     4.7     0.3     0.2     0.2     0.5 
   Household furnishings and operations.......      3.784    121.459    121.409     1.2     0.0     0.1     0.0     0.1 
    Household operations (1) (2)..............       .364    155.567    155.744     1.7     0.1     0.3     0.2     0.1 
                                                                                                                        
  Apparel.....................................      3.668    126.764    123.203     5.2    -2.8     0.2     0.6     0.1 
   Men's and boys' apparel....................       .921    120.739    116.906     6.4    -3.2     1.2     0.9    -0.8 
   Women's and girls' apparel.................      1.502    115.324    110.883     5.6    -3.9     0.1     0.8     0.0 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel.............       .280    122.228    121.842     5.2    -0.3    -0.6     1.2     2.2 
   Footwear...................................       .750    130.676    128.560     2.3    -1.6    -1.1     0.2     0.3 
                                                                                                                        
  Transportation..............................     19.418    212.119    209.013     5.7    -1.5    -1.2    -0.9    -0.8 
   Private transportation.....................     18.631    208.743    205.607     5.7    -1.5    -1.3    -1.0    -0.8 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)...........      6.914     99.539     99.250     3.2    -0.3    -0.4    -0.3    -0.5 
     New vehicles.............................      3.320    143.778    143.994     3.2     0.2    -0.3    -0.3    -0.2 
     Used cars and trucks.....................      3.003    150.310    149.207     4.1    -0.7    -0.6    -0.1    -0.9 
    Motor fuel................................      6.470    295.069    283.528    10.3    -3.9    -3.1    -2.4    -1.9 
     Gasoline (all types).....................      6.193    293.628    281.852     9.9    -4.0    -3.2    -2.7    -1.6 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1).....       .479    146.151    147.223     5.8     0.7    -0.2     0.6     0.7 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair (1)..      1.184    258.342    258.355     2.2     0.0     0.2     0.0     0.0 
   Public transportation......................       .787    265.815    264.424     4.0    -0.5     0.0     0.1     0.2 
                                                                                                                        
  Medical care................................      5.355    407.128    407.909     3.6     0.2     0.5     0.5     0.4 
   Medical care commodities (1)...............      1.318    318.671    319.396     3.4     0.2     0.3     0.2     0.2 
   Medical care services......................      4.038    433.269    434.051     3.7     0.2     0.6     0.5     0.4 
    Professional services.....................      2.220    341.148    341.593     2.3     0.1     0.4     0.2     0.2 
    Hospital and related services.............      1.414    657.707    657.440     5.4     0.0     0.6     0.8     0.5 
                                                                                                                        
  Recreation (2)..............................      5.862    109.723    109.959     1.3     0.2     0.0     0.0     0.4 
   Video and audio (2)........................      1.959     99.095     99.028     1.3    -0.1     0.4    -0.1     0.3 
                                                                                                                        
  Education and communication (2).............      6.118    126.392    126.413     1.1     0.0     0.2     0.1     0.1 
   Education (2)..............................      2.380    209.453    209.452     4.5     0.0     0.5     0.5     0.3 
    Educational books and supplies............       .199    548.418    547.576     6.1    -0.2     0.5     0.7    -0.1 
    Tuition, other school fees, and childcare       2.181    588.409    588.489     4.3     0.0     0.5     0.4     0.3 
   Communication (2)..........................      3.738     85.486     85.510    -1.1     0.0     0.0    -0.1     0.0 
    Information and information processing (2)      3.605     83.139     83.163    -1.3     0.0     0.0    -0.1     0.0 
     Telephone services (1) (2)...............      2.823    100.620    100.764    -0.6     0.1     0.1     0.0     0.1 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                               
         services (5).........................       .782      9.408      9.371    -4.1    -0.4    -0.3    -0.3    -0.4 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                 
          equipment (6).......................       .208     65.613     64.421   -11.8    -1.8    -0.4     0.5    -1.9 
                                                                                                                        
  Other goods and services....................      3.950    420.462    421.000     1.7     0.1     0.0     0.4     0.2 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)...........      1.450    848.791    852.435     2.4     0.4    -0.1     0.1     0.4 
   Personal care..............................      2.500    207.847    207.747     1.3     0.0     0.0     0.5     0.0 
    Personal care products (1)................       .717    161.716    160.954    -0.2    -0.5     0.2     0.5    -0.5 
    Personal care services (1)................       .572    232.222    232.313     0.9     0.0     0.1     0.4     0.0 
    Miscellaneous personal services...........      1.027    368.036    368.816     2.9     0.2     0.1     0.4     0.5 
                                                                                                                        
          Commodity and service group                                                                                   
                                                                                                                        
 Commodities..................................     43.898    189.073    187.472     4.5    -0.8    -0.5    -0.3    -0.3 
  Food and beverages..........................     16.401    230.186    230.642     4.6     0.2     0.1     0.1     0.2 
  Commodities less food and beverages.........     27.497    166.502    164.072     4.5    -1.5    -0.9    -0.6    -0.6 
   Nondurables less food and beverages........     17.244    220.183    215.404     6.0    -2.2    -1.5    -0.2    -0.7 
    Apparel...................................      3.668    126.764    123.203     5.2    -2.8     0.2     0.6     0.1 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                               
        apparel...............................     13.576    283.006    277.351     6.2    -2.0    -1.8    -0.9    -0.9 
   Durables...................................     10.253    114.319    114.098     2.1    -0.2    -0.4    -0.5    -0.2 
 Services.....................................     56.102    262.535    262.954     2.2     0.2     0.2     0.1     0.2 
  Rent of shelter (4).........................     29.504    238.318    238.834     1.9     0.2     0.3     0.2     0.2 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)....       .306    129.912    130.695     2.4     0.6     0.4     0.3     0.6 
  Energy services (3).........................      4.175    189.671    189.060     1.1    -0.3    -0.5    -0.6    -0.3 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                  
      services (2)............................      1.157    182.664    183.178     4.7     0.3     0.2     0.2     0.5 
  Household operations (1) (2)................       .364    155.567    155.744     1.7     0.1     0.3     0.2     0.1 
  Transportation services.....................      5.994    271.172    271.174     2.9     0.0     0.2     0.1     0.2 
  Medical care services.......................      4.038    433.269    434.051     3.7     0.2     0.6     0.5     0.4 
  Other services..............................     10.563    301.609    302.364     2.0     0.3     0.2     0.2     0.4 
                                                                                                                        
                Special indexes                                                                                         
                                                                                                                        
 All items less food..........................     84.685    221.324    220.479     2.9    -0.4    -0.2    -0.1     0.0 
 All items less shelter.......................     70.189    216.274    215.189     3.7    -0.5    -0.3    -0.2    -0.1 
 All items less medical care..................     94.645    215.342    214.658     3.2    -0.3    -0.2    -0.1     0.0 
 Commodities less food........................     28.583    168.725    166.354     4.4    -1.4    -0.9    -0.6    -0.6 
 Nondurables less food........................     18.329    220.944    216.421     5.7    -2.0    -1.5    -0.1    -0.6 
 Nondurables less food and apparel............     14.662    277.198    272.053     5.8    -1.9    -1.7    -0.7    -0.8 
 Nondurables..................................     33.644    226.140    223.793     5.3    -1.0    -0.7     0.0    -0.3 
 Services less rent of shelter (4)............     26.598    257.664    257.915     2.4     0.1     0.2     0.1     0.3 
 Services less medical care services..........     52.065    250.753    251.150     2.0     0.2     0.2     0.2     0.3 
 Energy.......................................     10.946    240.073    233.943     6.9    -2.6    -2.1    -1.7    -1.3 
 All items less energy........................     89.054    221.720    221.735     2.8     0.0     0.1     0.1     0.2 
  All items less food and energy..............     73.739    220.404    220.325     2.3     0.0     0.1     0.2     0.2 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                     
       commodities............................     21.812    149.572    148.692     2.5    -0.6    -0.1     0.1    -0.1 
    Energy commodities........................      6.771    298.469    287.221    10.5    -3.8    -3.0    -2.2    -1.8 
   Services less energy services..............     51.927    270.500    271.036     2.3     0.2     0.3     0.2     0.3 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1982-84=$1.00)..........................          -     $ .449     $ .450       -       -       -       -       - 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1967=$1.00).............................          -     $ .151     $ .151       -       -       -       -       - 

   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 Indexes on a December 1988=100 base.
   6 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.                                                  
                                               2011      2011      2011      2011                                                  
                                                                                      Mar.    June    Sep.    Dec.    June    Dec. 
                                                                                      2011    2011    2011    2011    2011    2011 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                   
            Expenditure category                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
 All items.................................  223.845   223.535   223.363   223.352     7.1     1.2     5.7    -0.9     4.1     2.4 
                                                                                                                                   
  Food and beverages.......................  230.060   230.351   230.472   230.940     7.3     4.0     5.6     1.5     5.6     3.6 
   Food....................................  230.030   230.337   230.457   230.939     7.7     4.1     6.0     1.6     5.9     3.8 
    Food at home...........................  228.884   229.153   228.934   229.456    11.5     4.7     7.5     1.0     8.0     4.2 
     Cereals and bakery products...........  265.587   266.730   267.677   268.117     5.6     7.1     7.9     3.9     6.3     5.9 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs........  226.446   227.546   227.302   228.820    13.9     9.2     5.0     4.3    11.5     4.6 
     Dairy and related products (1)........  218.406   218.451   217.557   217.503     8.6    12.7    14.0    -1.6    10.6     5.9 
     Fruits and vegetables.................  287.175   282.740   280.755   279.301    25.0   -12.2    12.3   -10.5     4.8     0.2 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                           
         materials.........................  167.262   168.076   168.479   168.789    10.3     5.7     3.0     3.7     8.0     3.3 
     Other food at home....................  199.568   200.240   200.154   200.840     7.3     5.4     7.0     2.6     6.3     4.8 
      Sugar and sweets (1).................  211.591   212.276   209.091   209.639     4.4     4.0    10.4    -3.6     4.2     3.2 
      Fats and oils........................  224.718   225.509   227.310   231.283    25.4    10.0     9.1    12.2    17.5    10.6 
      Other foods..........................  211.956   212.671   212.891   213.145     5.2     4.9     6.1     2.3     5.1     4.1 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)...  125.167   125.681   125.761   126.235     1.9     3.5     4.1     3.5     2.7     3.8 
    Food away from home (1)................  233.257   233.622   234.240   234.666     2.5     3.2     3.8     2.4     2.9     3.1 
     Other food away from home (1) (2).....  164.421   165.008   165.228   165.205     3.0     1.7     2.2     1.9     2.3     2.1 
   Alcoholic beverages.....................  229.060   229.130   229.262   229.522     1.7     3.4     1.0     0.8     2.5     0.9 
                                                                                                                                   
  Housing..................................  216.896   217.175   217.376   217.701     2.0     1.5     2.9     1.5     1.7     2.2 
   Shelter.................................  246.496   247.041   247.477   248.030     1.3     1.5     2.4     2.5     1.4     2.5 
    Rent of primary residence (3)..........  253.029   253.907   254.476   255.184     1.8     1.2     3.4     3.5     1.5     3.4 
    Lodging away from home (2).............  140.409   138.160   138.422   138.405    -1.1    25.1    -7.9    -5.6    11.2    -6.8 
    Owners' equivalent rent of residences                                                                                          
        (3) (4)............................  235.969   236.463   236.831   237.307     1.3     1.2     2.3     2.3     1.2     2.3 
     Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                            
         residence (3) (4).................  235.959   236.454   236.821   237.299     1.3     1.2     2.3     2.3     1.2     2.3 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1)                                                                                           
        (2)................................  129.090   129.562   129.912   130.695    -2.4     4.3     2.7     5.1     0.9     3.9 
   Fuels and utilities.....................  221.302   220.648   219.974   219.603     6.5     1.2     5.5    -3.0     3.9     1.1 
    Household energy.......................  193.702   192.887   192.056   191.394     6.6     0.4     5.8    -4.7     3.5     0.4 
     Fuel oil and other fuels (1)..........  334.361   334.886   342.717   340.375    68.8    -2.7    -5.5     7.4    28.1     0.8 
     Energy services (3)...................  195.994   195.083   193.825   193.209     3.0     0.7     6.8    -5.6     1.8     0.4 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                           
        services (2).......................  181.809   182.163   182.494   183.431     6.3     4.6     4.2     3.6     5.4     3.9 
   Household furnishings and operations....  121.613   121.679   121.730   121.794     0.2     1.4     2.4     0.6     0.8     1.5 
    Household operations (1) (2)...........  154.718   155.235   155.567   155.744    -0.4     4.3     0.4     2.7     1.9     1.5 
                                                                                                                                   
  Apparel..................................  123.110   123.381   124.145   124.246    -1.5    12.6     6.4     3.7     5.3     5.1 
   Men's and boys' apparel.................  116.944   118.380   119.388   118.454    -2.9    17.6     6.6     5.3     6.9     6.0 
   Women's and girls' apparel..............  110.315   110.444   111.363   111.358    -1.9    14.1     7.0     3.8     5.8     5.4 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel..........  119.637   118.953   120.347   122.982   -13.7     6.7    19.1    11.7    -4.0    15.3 
   Footwear................................  130.053   128.627   128.839   129.178     2.9     7.1     2.0    -2.7     5.0    -0.4 
                                                                                                                                   
  Transportation...........................  218.765   216.031   214.037   212.368    26.0    -3.7    15.9   -11.2    10.2     1.5 
   Private transportation..................  215.526   212.729   210.680   208.957    26.3    -3.5    16.4   -11.6    10.4     1.4 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)........  100.694   100.304   100.029    99.543     4.3    12.3     1.4    -4.5     8.3    -1.6 
     New vehicles..........................  144.429   144.033   143.590   143.357     6.4     9.6     0.0    -2.9     8.0    -1.5 
     Used cars and trucks..................  153.401   152.535   152.333   150.895     2.5    16.7     4.6    -6.4     9.4    -1.0 
    Motor fuel.............................  319.294   309.254   301.734   296.032    75.4   -20.6    44.0   -26.1    18.0     3.1 
     Gasoline (all types)..................  318.744   308.583   300.344   295.628    71.3   -20.8    45.2   -26.0    16.5     3.7 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1)..  145.652   145.326   146.151   147.223     4.5    11.1     3.3     4.4     7.8     3.9 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair                                                                                           
        (1)................................  258.001   258.440   258.342   258.355     1.0     2.8     4.6     0.5     1.9     2.5 
   Public transportation...................  266.655   266.551   266.708   267.122    20.2    -7.9     4.9     0.7     5.2     2.8 
                                                                                                                                   
  Medical care.............................  404.101   406.170   408.043   409.570     2.9     3.3     2.7     5.5     3.1     4.1 
   Medical care commodities (1)............  316.869   317.901   318.671   319.396     7.1     1.9     1.5     3.2     4.5     2.3 
   Medical care services...................  429.797   432.259   434.560   436.394     1.6     3.8     3.2     6.3     2.7     4.7 
    Professional services..................  340.515   341.718   342.285   343.065     2.4     1.6     2.0     3.0     2.0     2.5 
    Hospital and related services..........  650.292   653.945   658.879   662.235     2.7     7.5     4.0     7.6     5.1     5.7 
                                                                                                                                   
  Recreation (2)...........................  109.921   109.929   109.877   110.349     3.2     0.7    -0.3     1.6     2.0     0.6 
   Video and audio (2).....................   99.049    99.493    99.413    99.711     3.0    -2.4     1.9     2.7     0.3     2.3 
                                                                                                                                   
  Education and communication (2)..........  125.624   125.928   126.108   126.269     0.7     0.9     0.6     2.1     0.8     1.3 
   Education (2)...........................  206.130   207.239   208.172   208.774     5.0     4.0     3.7     5.2     4.5     4.5 
    Educational books and supplies.........  541.400   544.346   548.369   547.987     8.4     4.5     6.8     5.0     6.4     5.9 
    Tuition, other school fees, and                                                                                                
        childcare..........................  578.907   582.018   584.481   586.366     4.7     3.9     3.4     5.3     4.3     4.3 
   Communication (2).......................   85.530    85.570    85.517    85.534    -2.0    -1.1    -1.4     0.0    -1.5    -0.7 
    Information and information processing                                                                                         
        (2)................................   83.182    83.223    83.170    83.188    -2.6    -1.2    -1.5     0.0    -1.9    -0.7 
     Telephone services (1) (2)............  100.475   100.616   100.620   100.764    -2.4    -0.2    -0.7     1.2    -1.3     0.2 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                                          
         services (5)......................    9.482     9.455     9.425     9.384    -3.4    -4.7    -4.2    -4.1    -4.0    -4.1 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                            
          equipment (6)....................   66.005    65.750    66.076    64.788   -15.1   -10.1   -14.7    -7.2   -12.7   -11.0 
                                                                                                                                   
  Other goods and services.................  419.144   419.022   420.534   421.260     0.6     0.5     3.6     2.0     0.6     2.8 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)........  848.513   847.868   848.791   852.435     1.3    -0.9     7.4     1.9     0.2     4.6 
   Personal care...........................  206.855   206.852   207.903   207.951     0.3     1.3     1.4     2.1     0.8     1.8 
    Personal care products (1).............  160.623   160.970   161.716   160.954     1.1    -2.2    -0.4     0.8    -0.5     0.2 
    Personal care services (1).............  231.139   231.409   232.222   232.313    -0.1     1.0     0.6     2.0     0.4     1.3 
    Miscellaneous personal services........  366.100   366.640   368.253   370.030     1.5     2.8     3.0     4.4     2.2     3.7 
                                                                                                                                   
        Commodity and service group                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                   
 Commodities...............................  191.372   190.348   189.684   189.089    14.1     0.4     9.5    -4.7     7.0     2.2 
  Food and beverages.......................  230.060   230.351   230.472   230.940     7.3     4.0     5.6     1.5     5.6     3.6 
  Commodities less food and beverages......  169.769   168.215   167.235   166.205    18.2    -1.6    11.9    -8.1     7.9     1.4 
   Nondurables less food and beverages.....  225.168   221.806   221.403   219.962    25.1    -3.1    14.1    -8.9    10.1     2.0 
    Apparel................................  123.110   123.381   124.145   124.246    -1.5    12.6     6.4     3.7     5.3     5.1 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                                          
        apparel............................  294.063   288.888   286.359   283.735    34.8    -8.6    18.9   -13.3    11.0     1.5 
   Durables................................  115.500   115.002   114.444   114.200     4.0     8.8     0.3    -4.4     6.4    -2.1 
 Services..................................  262.136   262.648   262.993   263.626     2.0     1.7     2.6     2.3     1.9     2.5 
  Rent of shelter (4)......................  237.511   238.113   238.707   239.293     0.8     1.2     2.7     3.0     1.0     2.9 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)   129.090   129.562   129.912   130.695    -2.4     4.3     2.7     5.1     0.9     3.9 
  Energy services (3)......................  195.994   195.083   193.825   193.209     3.0     0.7     6.8    -5.6     1.8     0.4 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                             
      services (2).........................  181.809   182.163   182.494   183.431     6.3     4.6     4.2     3.6     5.4     3.9 
  Household operations (1) (2).............  154.718   155.235   155.567   155.744    -0.4     4.3     0.4     2.7     1.9     1.5 
  Transportation services..................  269.601   270.174   270.407   270.923     5.2     1.7     2.6     2.0     3.4     2.3 
  Medical care services....................  429.797   432.259   434.560   436.394     1.6     3.8     3.2     6.3     2.7     4.7 
  Other services...........................  300.175   300.871   301.416   302.758     1.7     1.3     1.4     3.5     1.5     2.4 
                                                                                                                                   
              Special indexes                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                   
 All items less food.......................  222.557   222.138   221.915   221.818     7.0     0.7     5.6    -1.3     3.8     2.1 
 All items less shelter....................  217.988   217.364   216.969   216.755     9.6     1.0     7.1    -2.2     5.2     2.3 
 All items less medical care...............  216.487   216.108   215.876   215.820     7.4     1.1     5.9    -1.2     4.2     2.3 
 Commodities less food.....................  171.906   170.390   169.437   168.439    17.5    -1.4    11.4    -7.8     7.7     1.4 
 Nondurables less food.....................  225.645   222.347   222.079   220.747    23.7    -2.8    13.4    -8.4     9.6     1.9 
 Nondurables less food and apparel.........  287.198   282.244   280.213   277.864    32.2    -7.7    17.3   -12.4    10.5     1.4 
 Nondurables...............................  228.532   226.833   226.847   226.209    17.0    -0.2     9.7    -4.0     8.0     2.6 
 Services less rent of shelter (4).........  257.577   258.101   258.375   259.214     2.7     1.9     2.5     2.6     2.3     2.5 
 Services less medical care services.......  250.450   250.871   251.321   251.987     1.6     1.5     2.6     2.5     1.5     2.5 
 Energy....................................  254.922   249.471   245.282   242.089    44.5   -13.2    28.1   -18.7    12.0     2.1 
 All items less energy.....................  221.083   221.394   221.708   222.083     3.0     3.3     3.0     1.8     3.1     2.4 
  All items less food and energy...........  219.660   219.972   220.326   220.680     2.0     3.1     2.3     1.9     2.6     2.1 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                                
       commodities.........................  149.394   149.226   149.345   149.143     2.1     6.4     2.4    -0.7     4.2     0.9 
    Energy commodities.....................  321.564   311.879   304.912   299.309    75.1   -19.9    41.4   -24.9    18.4     3.0 
   Services less energy services...........  269.335   270.009   270.537   271.311     2.0     1.8     2.3     3.0     1.9     2.6 

   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 Indexes on a December 1988=100 base.
   6 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.2011 from--   Nov.2011 from-- 
                                              schedule                                                                            
                                                 (1)      Sep.      Oct.      Nov.      Dec.                                      
                                                          2011      2011      2011      2011    Dec.  Oct.  Nov.  Nov.  Sep.  Oct.
                                                                                                2010  2011  2011  2010  2011  2011
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                  
 U.S. city average...........................    M      223.688   223.043   222.813   222.166   3.2  -0.4  -0.3   3.8  -0.4  -0.1 
                                                                                                                                  
           Region and area size(2)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Northeast urban.............................    M      241.838   241.549   241.167   240.431   3.2  -0.5  -0.3   3.5  -0.3  -0.2 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      241.752   241.355   240.912   240.148   3.0  -0.5  -0.3   3.4  -0.3  -0.2 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      147.039   146.999   146.843   146.432   3.4  -0.4  -0.3   3.8  -0.1  -0.1 
                                                                                                                                  
 Midwest urban...............................    M      213.626   212.038   211.969   211.459   3.1  -0.3  -0.2   3.7  -0.8   0.0 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      213.070   211.604   211.505   210.962   3.0  -0.3  -0.3   3.6  -0.7   0.0 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      140.363   139.157   139.048   138.741   3.2  -0.3  -0.2   3.7  -0.9  -0.1 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      212.520   211.193   211.533   211.040   3.4  -0.1  -0.2   3.7  -0.5   0.2 
                                                                                                                                  
 South urban.................................    M      218.787   218.109   218.030   217.463   3.6  -0.3  -0.3   4.1  -0.3   0.0 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      220.130   219.075   219.215   218.603   3.3  -0.2  -0.3   3.8  -0.4   0.1 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      140.229   139.879   139.721   139.299   3.6  -0.4  -0.3   4.3  -0.4  -0.1 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      225.478   225.364   225.404   225.422   4.1   0.0   0.0   4.4   0.0   0.0 
                                                                                                                                  
 West urban..................................    M      224.237   224.268   223.785   222.968   2.8  -0.6  -0.4   3.5  -0.2  -0.2 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      226.764   226.759   226.250   225.267   2.7  -0.7  -0.4   3.4  -0.2  -0.2 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      138.770   138.884   138.587   138.157   2.9  -0.5  -0.3   3.6  -0.1  -0.2 
                                                                                                                                  
                 Size classes                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                  
   A (4).....................................    M      206.484   205.846   205.627   204.954   3.0  -0.4  -0.3   3.5  -0.4  -0.1 
   B/C (3)...................................    M      140.883   140.505   140.330   139.931   3.4  -0.4  -0.3   4.0  -0.4  -0.1 
   D.........................................    M      219.494   218.914   218.973   218.780   3.7  -0.1  -0.1   4.0  -0.2   0.0 
                                                                                                                                  
           Selected local areas(5)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Chicago-Gary-Kenosha, IL-IN-WI..............    M      215.005   214.145   213.704   212.597   2.5  -0.7  -0.5   3.4  -0.6  -0.2 
 Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA.....    M      226.096   226.116   225.786   224.444   2.2  -0.7  -0.6   3.2  -0.1  -0.1 
 New York-Northern N.J.-Long Island,                                                                                              
     NY-NJ-CT-PA.............................    M      246.877   246.297   245.546   244.586   3.0  -0.7  -0.4   3.3  -0.5  -0.3 
                                                                                                                                  
 Boston-Brockton-Nashua, MA-NH-ME-CT.........    1      246.424         -   246.349         -     -     -     -   3.1   0.0     - 
 Cleveland-Akron, OH.........................    1      204.981         -   202.824         -     -     -     -   2.7  -1.1     - 
 Dallas-Fort Worth, TX.......................    1      214.567         -   214.581         -     -     -     -   4.7   0.0     - 
 Washington-Baltimore, DC-MD-VA-WV (6).......    1      148.352         -   148.038         -     -     -     -   3.6  -0.2     - 
                                                                                                                                  
 Atlanta, GA.................................    2            -   208.362         -   207.654   3.1  -0.3     -     -     -     - 
 Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint, MI.................    2            -   209.427         -   210.199   3.9   0.4     -     -     -     - 
 Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, TX..............    2            -   200.464         -   199.480   3.4  -0.5     -     -     -     - 
 Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL...................    2            -   230.728         -   230.394   3.5  -0.1     -     -     -     - 
 Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City,                                                                                           
     PA-NJ-DE-MD.............................    2            -   236.478         -   235.194   3.1  -0.5     -     -     -     - 
 San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA..........    2            -   232.371         -   231.109   3.1  -0.5     -     -     -     - 
 Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton, WA................    2            -   232.697         -   231.297   3.8  -0.6     -     -     -     - 

   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. 2011 from-  
                    C-CPI-U                     December                                          
                                                2007-2008                                         
                                                              Nov.      Dec.      Dec.      Nov.  
                                                              2011      2011      2010      2011  
                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                  
             Expenditure category                                                                 
                                                                                                  
 All items....................................    100.000   130.066   129.719       2.8      -0.3 
                                                                                                  
  Food and beverages..........................     14.519   134.171   134.423       4.4       0.2 
   Food.......................................     13.493   134.494   134.772       4.6       0.2 
    Food at home..............................      7.780   130.468   130.777       5.8       0.2 
    Food away from home.......................      5.712   139.972   140.202       2.9       0.2 
   Alcoholic beverages........................      1.027   130.692   130.624       1.1      -0.1 
                                                                                                  
  Housing.....................................     42.074   130.194   130.301       1.8       0.1 
   Shelter....................................     32.119   133.712   133.914       1.9       0.2 
   Fuels and utilities........................      5.231   159.730   159.240       1.9      -0.3 
   Household furnishings and operations.......      4.724    92.441    92.475       0.7       0.0 
                                                                                                  
  Apparel.....................................      3.772    95.243    92.266       4.0      -3.1 
                                                                                                  
  Transportation..............................     17.199   142.352   140.488       5.2      -1.3 
   Private transportation.....................     16.013   143.221   141.264       5.3      -1.4 
   Public transportation......................      1.186   131.272   130.566       3.7      -0.5 
                                                                                                  
  Medical care................................      6.294   156.542   156.863       3.4       0.2 
   Medical care commodities...................      1.570   137.526   137.778       3.1       0.2 
   Medical care services......................      4.723   163.537   163.884       3.5       0.2 
                                                                                                  
  Recreation..................................      6.625   101.658   101.796       0.0       0.1 
                                                                                                  
  Education and communication.................      6.288   113.913   113.836       1.0      -0.1 
   Education..................................      2.804   195.884   195.882       4.4       0.0 
   Communication..............................      3.484    70.896    70.810      -1.7      -0.1 
                                                                                                  
  Other goods and services....................      3.229   143.798   143.811       2.7       0.0 
                                                                                                  
          Commodity and service group                                                             
                                                                                                  
 Services.....................................     59.383   138.534   138.684       2.1       0.1 
 Commodities..................................     40.617   119.922   118.947       3.8      -0.8 
  Durables....................................     10.376    80.807    80.673       0.7      -0.2 
 Nondurables..................................     30.241   140.452   139.001       4.8      -1.0 
  All items less food and energy..............     76.901   122.630   122.530       2.0      -0.1 
 Energy.......................................      9.606   202.191   197.356       6.3      -2.4 

 Indexes for 2011 are initial estimates.  Indexes for 2010 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  
                                                               2010        2011     from 2010 
                                                                                     to 2011  
                                                                                                                                                                                            
                                                                                              
                   Expenditure category                                                       
                                                                                              
 All items................................................    218.056     224.939         3.2 
 All items (1967=100).....................................    653.198     673.818           - 
                                                                                              
  Food and beverages......................................    219.984     227.866         3.6 
   Food...................................................    219.625     227.842         3.7 
    Food at home..........................................    215.836     226.201         4.8 
     Cereals and bakery products..........................    250.449     260.311         3.9 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs.......................    207.694     223.161         7.4 
     Dairy and related products...........................    199.245     212.745         6.8 
     Fruits and vegetables................................    273.458     284.662         4.1 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage materials........    161.602     166.790         3.2 
     Other food at home...................................    191.124     197.358         3.3 
      Sugar and sweets....................................    201.242     207.832         3.3 
      Fats and oils.......................................    200.587     219.163         9.3 
      Other foods.........................................    204.553     209.292         2.3 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1)......................    121.683     123.996         1.9 
    Food away from home...................................    226.114     231.401         2.3 
     Other food away from home (1)........................    159.276     162.794         2.2 
   Alcoholic beverages....................................    223.291     226.685         1.5 
                                                                                              
  Housing.................................................    216.256     219.102         1.3 
   Shelter................................................    248.396     251.646         1.3 
    Rent of primary residence (2).........................    249.385     253.638         1.7 
    Lodging away from home (1)............................    133.656     137.401         2.8 
    Owners' equivalent rent of residences (2) (3).........    256.584     259.570         1.2 
     Owners' equivalent rent of primary residence (2) (3)     256.578     259.553         1.2 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1)..................    125.682     127.379         1.4 
   Fuels and utilities....................................    214.187     220.367         2.9 
    Household energy......................................    189.286     193.648         2.3 
     Fuel oil and other fuels.............................    275.132     337.123        22.5 
     Energy services (2)..................................    192.886     194.386          .8 
   Household furnishings and operations...................    125.490     124.943         -.4 
                                                                                              
  Apparel.................................................    119.503     122.111         2.2 
   Men's and boys' apparel................................    111.914     114.698         2.5 
   Women's and girls' apparel.............................    107.081     109.166         1.9 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel.........................    114.180     113.571         -.5 
   Footwear...............................................    127.988     128.482          .4 
                                                                                              
  Transportation..........................................    193.396     212.366         9.8 
   Private transportation.................................    188.747     207.641        10.0 
    New and used motor vehicles (1).......................     97.149      99.770         2.7 
     New vehicles.........................................    138.005     141.883         2.8 
     Used cars and trucks.................................    143.128     149.011         4.1 
    Motor fuel............................................    239.178     302.619        26.5 
     Gasoline (all types).................................    238.594     301.694        26.4 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment.....................    136.995     143.909         5.0 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair..................    247.954     253.099         2.1 
   Public transportation..................................    251.351     269.403         7.2 
                                                                                              
  Medical care............................................    388.436     400.258         3.0 
   Medical care commodities...............................    314.717     324.089         3.0 
   Medical care services..................................    411.208     423.810         3.1 
    Professional services.................................    328.186     335.666         2.3 
    Hospital and related services.........................    607.679     641.488         5.6 
                                                                                              
  Recreation (1)..........................................    113.313     113.357          .0 
   Video and audio (1)....................................     99.122      98.401         -.7 
                                                                                              
  Education and communication (1).........................    129.919     131.466         1.2 
   Education (1)..........................................    199.337     207.768         4.2 
    Educational books and supplies........................    505.569     529.545         4.7 
    Tuition, other school fees, and childcare.............    573.174     597.208         4.2 
   Communication (1)......................................     84.681      83.345        -1.6 
    Information and information processing (1)............     81.513      79.964        -1.9 
     Telephone services (1)...............................    102.379     101.209        -1.1 
     Information technology, hardware and services (4)....      9.413       9.030        -4.1 
      Personal computers and peripheral equipment (5).....     76.377      68.901        -9.8 
                                                                                              
  Other goods and services................................    381.291     387.224         1.6 
   Tobacco and smoking products...........................    807.330     834.769         3.4 
   Personal care..........................................    206.643     208.556          .9 
    Personal care products................................    161.062     160.529         -.3 
    Personal care services................................    229.614     230.800          .5 
    Miscellaneous personal services.......................    354.052     362.854         2.5 
                                                                                              
                Commodity and service group                                                   
                                                                                              
 Commodities..............................................    174.566     183.862         5.3 
  Food and beverages......................................    219.984     227.866         3.6 
  Commodities less food and beverages.....................    150.392     159.943         6.4 
   Nondurables less food and beverages....................    189.916     208.427         9.7 
    Apparel...............................................    119.503     122.111         2.2 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and apparel.........    238.053     266.957        12.1 
   Durables...............................................    111.324     112.557         1.1 
 Services.................................................    261.274     265.762         1.7 
  Rent of shelter (3).....................................    258.823     262.208         1.3 
  Transportation services.................................    259.823     268.002         3.1 
  Other services..........................................    309.602     314.431         1.6 
                                                                                              
                      Special indexes                                                         
                                                                                              
 All items less food......................................    217.828     224.503         3.1 
 All items less shelter...................................    208.643     217.048         4.0 
 All items less medical care..............................    209.689     216.325         3.2 
 Commodities less food....................................    152.990     162.409         6.2 
 Nondurables less food....................................    191.927     209.615         9.2 
 Nondurables less food and apparel........................    235.601     262.123        11.3 
 Nondurables..............................................    205.271     219.049         6.7 
 Services less rent of shelter (3)........................    284.368     290.554         2.2 
 Services less medical care services......................    249.569     253.554         1.6 
 Energy...................................................    211.449     243.909        15.4 
 All items less energy....................................    220.458     224.806         2.0 
  All items less food and energy..........................    221.337     225.008         1.7 
   Commodities less food and energy commodities...........    143.588     145.499         1.3 
    Energy commodities....................................    242.636     306.445        26.3 
   Services less energy services..........................    268.278     273.057         1.8 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar (1982-84=$1.00)..     $ .459      $ .445           - 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar (1967=$1.00).....     $ .153      $ .148           - 

   1 Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
   2 This index series was calculated using a Laspeyres estimator.  All other item stratum
 index series were calculated using a geometric means estimator.
   3 Indexes on a December 1982=100 base.
   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  
                                                               2010        2011     from 2010 
                                                                                     to 2011  
                                                                                                                                                                                          
                                                                                              
                   Expenditure category                                                       
                                                                                              
 All items................................................    213.967     221.575         3.6 
 All items (1967=100).....................................    637.342     660.005           - 
                                                                                              
  Food and beverages......................................    219.182     227.276         3.7 
   Food...................................................    218.730     227.125         3.8 
    Food at home..........................................    214.638     225.181         4.9 
     Cereals and bakery products..........................    251.024     261.085         4.0 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs.......................    207.431     223.191         7.6 
     Dairy and related products...........................    197.992     211.772         7.0 
     Fruits and vegetables................................    270.713     282.180         4.2 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage materials........    161.214     166.067         3.0 
     Other food at home...................................    190.294     196.512         3.3 
      Sugar and sweets....................................    200.035     206.668         3.3 
      Fats and oils.......................................    200.909     219.844         9.4 
      Other foods.........................................    204.577     209.273         2.3 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1)......................    121.872     124.148         1.9 
    Food away from home...................................    226.204     231.504         2.3 
     Other food away from home (1)........................    159.794     163.841         2.5 
   Alcoholic beverages....................................    224.368     228.041         1.6 
                                                                                              
  Housing.................................................    212.880     215.810         1.4 
   Shelter................................................    242.309     245.526         1.3 
    Rent of primary residence (2).........................    247.725     251.857         1.7 
    Lodging away from home (1)............................    135.119     138.828         2.7 
    Owners' equivalent rent of residences (2) (3).........    232.461     235.147         1.2 
     Owners' equivalent rent of primary residence (2) (3)     232.462     235.141         1.2 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1)..................    126.739     128.563         1.4 
   Fuels and utilities....................................    212.885     218.859         2.8 
    Household energy......................................    187.272     191.522         2.3 
     Fuel oil and other fuels.............................    277.433     336.592        21.3 
     Energy services (2)..................................    191.552     193.519         1.0 
    Water and sewer and trash collection services (1).....    171.446     179.953         5.0 
   Household furnishings and operations...................    121.555     121.109         -.4 
    Household operations (1)..............................    152.707     154.495         1.2 
                                                                                              
  Apparel.................................................    118.733     121.293         2.2 
   Men's and boys' apparel................................    111.811     114.971         2.8 
   Women's and girls' apparel.............................    106.360     108.733         2.2 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel.........................    117.415     116.753         -.6 
   Footwear...............................................    127.593     128.560          .8 
                                                                                              
  Transportation..........................................    192.560     213.296        10.8 
   Private transportation.................................    189.257     209.939        10.9 
    New and used motor vehicles (1).......................     96.271      99.205         3.0 
     New vehicles.........................................    139.044     142.866         2.7 
     Used cars and trucks.................................    144.007     150.010         4.2 
    Motor fuel............................................    240.094     303.848        26.6 
     Gasoline (all types).................................    239.629     303.067        26.5 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment.....................    136.998     143.796         5.0 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair..................    250.543     255.760         2.1 
   Public transportation..................................    248.713     266.151         7.0 
                                                                                              
  Medical care............................................    389.766     402.187         3.2 
   Medical care commodities...............................    306.257     315.845         3.1 
   Medical care services..................................    414.273     427.551         3.2 
    Professional services.................................    331.456     339.328         2.4 
    Hospital and related services.........................    608.516     644.431         5.9 
                                                                                              
  Recreation (1)..........................................    109.812     109.898          .1 
   Video and audio (1)....................................     99.643      99.087         -.6 
                                                                                              
  Education and communication (1).........................    124.891     125.520          .5 
   Education (1)..........................................    196.606     204.761         4.1 
    Educational books and supplies........................    508.386     534.846         5.2 
    Tuition, other school fees, and childcare.............    552.958     575.357         4.1 
   Communication (1)......................................     87.317      85.789        -1.7 
    Information and information processing (1)............     85.126      83.447        -2.0 
     Telephone services (1)...............................    102.086     100.626        -1.4 
     Information technology, hardware and services (4)....      9.960       9.571        -3.9 
      Personal computers and peripheral equipment (5).....     76.273      68.439       -10.3 
                                                                                              
  Other goods and services................................    409.278     416.899         1.9 
   Tobacco and smoking products...........................    812.347     839.665         3.4 
   Personal care..........................................    204.299     206.361         1.0 
    Personal care products................................    161.174     161.045         -.1 
    Personal care services................................    229.824     230.958          .5 
    Miscellaneous personal services.......................    355.502     364.346         2.5 
                                                                                              
                Commodity and service group                                                   
                                                                                              
 Commodities..............................................    177.545     188.157         6.0 
  Food and beverages......................................    219.182     227.276         3.7 
  Commodities less food and beverages.....................    155.064     166.459         7.3 
   Nondurables less food and beverages....................    198.517     220.100        10.9 
    Apparel...............................................    118.733     121.293         2.2 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and apparel.........    252.481     286.167        13.3 
   Durables...............................................    112.513     114.313         1.6 
 Services.................................................    256.628     260.925         1.7 
  Rent of shelter (3).....................................    233.507     236.603         1.3 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1)....................    126.739     128.563         1.4 
  Energy services (2).....................................    191.552     193.519         1.0 
  Water and sewer and trash collection services (1).......    171.446     179.953         5.0 
  Household operations (1)................................    152.707     154.495         1.2 
  Transportation services.................................    259.985     268.161         3.1 
  Medical care services...................................    414.273     427.551         3.2 
  Other services..........................................    296.066     299.544         1.2 
                                                                                              
                      Special indexes                                                         
                                                                                              
 All items less food......................................    212.938     220.401         3.5 
 All items less shelter...................................    205.943     215.223         4.5 
 All items less medical care..............................    206.828     214.226         3.6 
 Commodities less food....................................    157.422     168.646         7.1 
 Nondurables less food....................................    200.147     220.793        10.3 
 Nondurables less food and apparel........................    248.965     279.965        12.5 
 Nondurables..............................................    209.360     224.728         7.3 
 Services less rent of shelter (3)........................    251.210     256.386         2.1 
 Services less medical care services......................    245.533     249.355         1.6 
 Energy...................................................    211.926     246.086        16.1 
 All items less energy....................................    215.173     219.598         2.1 
  All items less food and energy..........................    214.835     218.461         1.7 
   Commodities less food and energy commodities...........    145.728     148.050         1.6 
    Energy commodities....................................    242.805     306.719        26.3 
   Services less energy services..........................    263.713     268.270         1.7 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar (1982-84=$1.00)..     $ .467      $ .451           - 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar (1967=$1.00).....     $ .157      $ .152           - 

   1 Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
   2 This index series was calculated using a Laspeyres estimator.  All other item stratum
 index series were calculated using a geometric means estimator.
   3 Indexes on a December 1984=100 base
   4 Indexes on a December 1988=100 base.
   5 Indexes on a December 2007=100 base.
   - Data not available.

Last Modified Date: January 19, 2012