Consumer Price Index News Release



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                 Consumer Price Index - February 2012

 The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased
 0.4 percent in February on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S.
 Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months,
 the all items index increased 2.9 percent before seasonal adjustment.
 
 The gasoline index rose sharply in February, accounting for over 80
 percent of the change in the all items index. The gasoline increase
 led to a 3.2 percent rise in the energy index despite a decline in
 the index for natural gas. The food index was unchanged in February,
 with the food at home index unchanged for the second month in a row
 as major grocery store food indexes were mixed.
 
 The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.1 percent in
 February after increasing 0.2 percent in January. Indexes for
 shelter, new vehicles, medical care, and household furnishings and
 operations all advanced, while indexes for apparel, recreation, used
 cars and trucks, and tobacco all declined.
 
 The all items index has risen 2.9 percent over the last 12 months,
 the same figure as last month. The index for all items less food and
 energy was up 2.2 percent, a slight decline from last month's 2.3
 percent figure, while the 12-month change in the food index fell to
 3.9 percent in February, its lowest level since last June. In
 contrast, the 12-month change in the energy index was 7.0 percent in
 February compared to 6.1 percent in January.


 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.
                              Aug.  Sep.  Oct.  Nov.  Dec.  Jan.  Feb.   ended 
                              2011  2011  2011  2011  2011  2012  2012   Feb.  
                                                                         2012  
                                                                                                                                                              
 All items..................    .3    .3    .0    .1    .0    .2    .4      2.9
  Food......................    .5    .4    .2    .1    .2    .2    .0      3.9
   Food at home.............    .6    .6    .2    .0    .2    .0    .0      4.5
   Food away from home (1)..    .4    .2    .2    .3    .2    .4    .1      3.1
  Energy....................    .8   1.5  -1.8   -.5  -1.3    .2   3.2      7.0
   Energy commodities.......   1.1   1.9  -2.6   -.6  -2.0    .9   5.7     12.4
    Gasoline (all types)....   1.2   2.0  -2.8   -.9  -2.1    .9   6.0     12.6
    Fuel oil (1)............   -.4   -.7   -.5   2.7  -1.0   1.4   2.8      8.9
   Energy services..........    .3    .8   -.4   -.4   -.2   -.8   -.8     -1.0
    Electricity.............    .1    .6    .2    .2   -.1    .0    .0      1.9
    Utility (piped) gas                                                        
       service..............   1.0   1.5  -2.6  -2.6   -.6  -2.9  -3.4     -9.8
  All items less food and                                                      
     energy.................    .2    .1    .2    .2    .1    .2    .1      2.2
   Commodities less food and                                                   
      energy commodities....    .3   -.2    .0    .1   -.1    .2    .1      2.0
    New vehicles............    .0   -.1   -.2   -.2   -.2    .0    .6      3.0
    Used cars and trucks....    .7   -.5   -.4   -.4   -.7  -1.0   -.2      2.9
    Apparel.................    .9   -.7    .4    .5   -.1    .9   -.9      4.2
    Medical care commodities                                                   
       (1)..................    .1    .2    .3    .2    .2    .6    .8      3.3
   Services less energy                                                        
      services..............    .2    .2    .2    .2    .2    .2    .1      2.2
    Shelter.................    .2    .1    .2    .2    .2    .2    .2      2.0
    Transportation services     .2    .4    .2    .0    .1    .0   -.2      1.6
    Medical care services...    .3    .2    .5    .4    .4    .2    .0      3.4

   1 Not seasonally adjusted.



 Consumer Price Index Data for February 2012
 
 Food
 
 The food index, which rose 0.2 percent in January, was unchanged in
 February. The food at home index was unchanged for the second month
 in a row. Within the food at home group, the indexes for fruits and
 vegetables continued to decline, falling 0.5 percent. The index for
 fresh fruits rose 1.3 percent, but the fresh vegetables index fell
 3.5 percent, its fifth consecutive decline. The index for dairy and
 related products also fell 0.5 percent, while the index for meats,
 poultry, fish, and eggs decreased 0.2 percent. The index for
 nonalcoholic beverages, which declined in January, was unchanged in
 February. The only major grocery store food group indexes to rise
 were cereals and bakery products (up 0.2 percent) and other food at
 home (up 0.4 percent). The food at home index has risen 4.5 percent
 over the last 12 months; the fruits and vegetables index has declined
 2.0 percent over that period but the other five major grocery store
 food group indexes all increased. The index for food away from home
 rose 0.1 percent in February after a 0.4 percent increase in January
 and has risen 3.1 percent over the last 12 months.
 
 
 Energy
 
 The energy index rose 3.2 percent in February after a 0.2 percent
 increase in January. The gasoline index rose 6.0 percent, its largest
 increase since December 2010. (Before seasonal adjustment, gasoline
 prices increased 4.9 percent in February.) The gasoline increase more
 than offset a decline in the index for household energy, which fell
 0.6 percent. The index for natural gas continued its string of
 declines, falling 3.4 percent. The electricity index was unchanged
 and the index for fuel oil increased 2.8 percent.  Over the last 12
 months, the gasoline index has risen 12.6 percent, the fuel oil index
 has increased 8.9 percent and the electricity index has advanced 1.9
 percent. In contrast, the index for natural gas has declined 9.8
 percent.
 
 
 All items less food and energy
 
 The index for all items less food and energy increased 0.1 percent in
 February. The shelter index increased 0.2 percent for the fifth month
 in a row. The rent index increased 0.2 percent and the index for
 owners' equivalent rent rose 0.1 percent, while the index for lodging
 away from home advanced 1.9 percent. The index for new vehicles rose
 for the first time since June, increasing 0.6 percent. The medical
 care index increased 0.2 percent with the prescription drugs index
 rising 0.6 percent. The index for household furnishings and
 operations rose 0.3 percent in February, its largest increase since
 August. In contrast to these indexes, the apparel index declined in
 February, falling 0.9 percent after a 0.9 percent increase in
 January. The index for used cars and trucks declined for the sixth
 month in a row, falling 0.2 percent, and the tobacco index declined
 0.4 percent. The indexes for recreation, personal care, and airline
 fares all posted slight declines in February.
 
 The index for all items less food and energy has risen 2.2 percent
 over the last 12 months. Indexes rising faster include apparel (4.2
 percent), medical care (3.4 percent), new vehicles (3.0 percent) and
 used cars and trucks (2.9 percent). Among those indexes rising more
 slowly were shelter (2.0 percent), household furnishings and
 operations (1.3 percent), and recreation (1.0 percent).
 
 
 
 Not seasonally adjusted CPI measures
 
 The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased
 2.9 percent over the last 12 months to an index level of 227.663
 (1982-84=100). For the month, the index increased 0.4 percent prior
 to seasonal adjustment.
 
 The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers
 (CPI-W) increased 3.1 percent over the last 12 months to an index
 level of 224.317  (1982-84=100). For the month, the index increased
 0.5 percent prior to seasonal adjustment.
 
 The Chained Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (C-CPI-U)
 increased 2.6 percent over the last 12 months. For the month, the
 index increased 0.4 percent on a not seasonally adjusted basis.
 Please note that the indexes for the post-2010 period are subject to
 revision.
 
 The Consumer Price Index for March 2012 is scheduled to be released
 on Friday, April 13, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. (EDT).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 C-CPI-U Index Revisions
 
 As scheduled, effective with this release of data for January 2012,
 the Chained Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (C-CPI-U)
 has undergone its annual revision. Because the current expenditure
 data required for the calculation of the C-CPI-U are available only
 with a time lag, the index is issued first in preliminary form, using
 the latest available expenditure data at the time of publication, and
 is subject to two subsequent revisions. Therefore, C-CPI-U indexes
 for the 12 months of 2010 are issued in final form - employing
 monthly expenditure weights from 2010. Values for the 12 months of
 2011 are revised and issued as interim, using expenditure weights from 
 the 2009-2010 period. Calculation of the initial value of the January 
 2012 C-CPI-U index, and all subsequent months in 2012, will also be 
 based upon 2009-2010 expenditure weights.
 
 For more information on the C-CPI-U, contact Rob Cage by telephone at
 (202) 691-6959 or by electronic mail at Cage.Rob@bls.gov.
 
 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 XLS format.  In addition, the BLS will begin issuing
 monthly companion XLS 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 XLS
 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 new CPI press release tables and companion XLS files
 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 percent 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
 percent 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 XLS file with CPI-W information will be available.
 
 
 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 29 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 88 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 2011".  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/cpivar2011.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 2007 through December 2011 were replaced in January
 2012.  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: 38 of the 82 components are not
 seasonally adjusted for 2012.
 
 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 2012, BLS adjusted 31
 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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



 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 Feb. 2012    percent change from- 
                     CPI-U                     importance,                            from-                             
                                                 December                                                               
                                                   2011       Jan.       Feb.                      Nov.    Dec.    Jan. 
                                                              2012       2012      Feb.    Jan.     to      to      to  
                                                                                   2011    2012    Dec.    Jan.    Feb. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
                                                                                                                        
             Expenditure category                                                                                       
                                                                                                                        
 All items....................................    100.000    226.665    227.663     2.9     0.4     0.0     0.2     0.4 
 All items (1967=100).........................          -    678.988    681.977       -       -       -       -       - 
                                                                                                                        
  Food and beverages..........................     15.256    232.559    232.453     3.8     0.0     0.2     0.2     0.1 
   Food.......................................     14.308    232.666    232.486     3.9    -0.1     0.2     0.2     0.0 
    Food at home..............................      8.638    231.694    231.180     4.5    -0.2     0.2     0.0     0.0 
     Cereals and bakery products..............      1.242    266.677    267.821     5.3     0.4     0.3    -0.1     0.2 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs...........      1.960    229.809    228.610     5.8    -0.5     0.6     0.2    -0.2 
     Dairy and related products (1)...........       .916    220.492    219.377     7.8    -0.5    -0.1     0.9    -0.5 
     Fruits and vegetables....................      1.287    285.437    281.072    -2.0    -1.5    -0.5    -1.3    -0.5 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                
         materials............................       .961    170.454    169.758     3.7    -0.4     0.2    -0.3     0.0 
     Other food at home.......................      2.272    202.756    204.001     5.7     0.6     0.4     0.5     0.4 
      Sugar and sweets (1)....................       .307    213.700    213.902     4.8     0.1     0.4     1.4     0.1 
      Fats and oils...........................       .263    234.252    233.196    10.8    -0.5     1.2     1.4    -0.7 
      Other foods.............................      1.703    213.602    215.473     5.0     0.9     0.3     0.2     0.6 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)......       .627    125.536    127.193     4.7     1.3     0.5    -0.6     1.3 
    Food away from home (1)...................      5.669    235.268    235.603     3.1     0.1     0.2     0.4     0.1 
     Other food away from home (1) (2)........       .361    165.884    165.566     2.3    -0.2     0.0     1.1    -0.2 
   Alcoholic beverages........................       .948    229.704    230.704     2.2     0.4     0.2     0.8     0.3 
                                                                                                                        
  Housing.....................................     41.020    220.805    221.117     1.8     0.1     0.1     0.1     0.1 
   Shelter....................................     31.539    254.409    254.931     2.0     0.2     0.2     0.2     0.2 
    Rent of primary residence (3).............      6.485    257.714    258.184     2.5     0.2     0.2     0.2     0.2 
    Lodging away from home (2)................       .749    131.601    136.832     4.0     4.0    -0.3     0.2     1.9 
    Owners' equivalent rent of residences (1)                                                                           
        (3) (4)...............................     23.957    262.543    262.812     1.8     0.1     0.2     0.2     0.1 
     Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                 
         residence (1) (3) (4)................     22.543    262.522    262.788     1.8     0.1     0.2     0.2     0.1 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)..       .348    129.929    129.158     2.1    -0.6     0.5     0.3    -0.6 
   Fuels and utilities........................      5.372    218.199    217.189     0.7    -0.5    -0.1    -0.4    -0.3 
    Household energy..........................      4.216    189.945    188.393    -0.3    -0.8    -0.2    -0.6    -0.6 
     Fuel oil and other fuels (1).............       .343    344.644    350.482     7.2     1.7    -0.7     1.2     1.7 
     Energy services (3)......................      3.873    189.942    187.962    -1.0    -1.0    -0.2    -0.8    -0.8 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                
        services (2)..........................      1.156    183.984    185.499     4.7     0.8     0.5     0.3     0.7 
   Household furnishings and operations.......      4.109    125.629    126.180     1.3     0.4     0.1     0.1     0.3 
    Household operations (1) (2)..............       .727    153.634    154.198     1.9     0.4     0.1     0.6     0.4 
                                                                                                                        
  Apparel.....................................      3.562    122.105    123.312     4.2     1.0    -0.1     0.9    -0.9 
   Men's and boys' apparel....................       .855    116.409    116.400     4.9     0.0    -0.5     1.0    -1.7 
   Women's and girls' apparel.................      1.507    107.644    110.044     4.7     2.2    -0.2     1.3    -0.8 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel.............       .201    118.399    118.161     7.3    -0.2     1.3     1.6    -0.9 
   Footwear...................................       .678    126.915    127.668     0.7     0.6     0.3    -0.3     0.1 
                                                                                                                        
  Transportation..............................     16.875    210.799    214.429     5.6     1.7    -0.7     0.3     2.1 
   Private transportation.....................     15.694    206.307    210.013     6.0     1.8    -0.8     0.4     2.2 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)...........      5.651     99.659     99.889     2.3     0.2    -0.3    -0.4     0.2 
     New vehicles.............................      3.195    143.438    144.326     3.0     0.6    -0.2     0.0     0.6 
     Used cars and trucks.....................      1.913    147.143    147.011     2.9    -0.1    -0.7    -1.0    -0.2 
    Motor fuel................................      5.463    292.236    306.348    12.7     4.8    -2.1     0.8     6.0 
     Gasoline (all types).....................      5.273    290.762    305.076    12.6     4.9    -2.1     0.9     6.0 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1).....       .438    148.126    148.230     5.2     0.1     0.8     0.4     0.1 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair (1)..      1.155    256.405    256.968     2.4     0.2     0.0     0.3     0.2 
   Public transportation......................      1.181    263.968    265.830     0.2     0.7     0.0    -0.8    -0.2 
                                                                                                                        
  Medical care................................      7.061    408.056    410.466     3.4     0.6     0.3     0.3     0.2 
   Medical care commodities (1)...............      1.716    329.201    331.867     3.3     0.8     0.2     0.6     0.8 
   Medical care services......................      5.345    432.583    434.832     3.4     0.5     0.4     0.2     0.0 
    Professional services.....................      3.005    338.714    339.136     1.4     0.1     0.3    -0.2    -0.2 
    Hospital and related services.............      1.732    659.194    664.591     4.9     0.8     0.4     0.3     0.0 
                                                                                                                        
  Recreation (2)..............................      6.044    114.183    114.333     1.0     0.1     0.3     0.6    -0.1 
   Video and audio (2)........................      1.924     98.743     99.371     1.1     0.6     0.1     0.6     0.1 
                                                                                                                        
  Education and communication (2).............      6.797    133.067    133.199     1.9     0.1     0.2     0.3     0.2 
   Education (2)..............................      3.216    213.067    213.039     4.4     0.0     0.3     0.3     0.3 
    Educational books and supplies............       .201    547.629    548.192     5.3     0.1     0.0     0.8     0.1 
    Tuition, other school fees, and childcare       3.015    612.104    611.974     4.3     0.0     0.4     0.2     0.3 
   Communication (2)..........................      3.581     83.280     83.446    -0.4     0.2     0.0     0.2     0.2 
    Information and information processing (2)      3.436     79.858     79.928    -0.6     0.1     0.0     0.3     0.1 
     Telephone services (1) (2)...............      2.429    101.687    101.728     0.4     0.0     0.1     0.3     0.0 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                               
         services (5).........................      1.006      8.855      8.873    -3.6     0.2    -0.5     0.2     0.1 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                 
          equipment (6).......................       .269     64.356     64.686   -11.0     0.5    -2.1    -0.6     0.2 
                                                                                                                        
  Other goods and services....................      3.385    391.382    391.236     1.5     0.0     0.1     0.2    -0.1 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)...........       .804    851.016    847.880     2.2    -0.4     0.4     0.5    -0.4 
   Personal care..............................      2.581    210.299    210.330     1.3     0.0     0.0     0.1    -0.1 
    Personal care products (1)................       .656    161.256    160.616    -0.4    -0.4    -0.5     0.3    -0.4 
    Personal care services (1)................       .633    232.039    232.907     1.2     0.4     0.0    -0.1     0.4 
    Miscellaneous personal services...........      1.081    367.934    367.968     2.6     0.0     0.5    -0.1    -0.1 
                                                                                                                        
          Commodity and service group                                                                                   
                                                                                                                        
 Commodities..................................     39.966    184.636    186.279     4.1     0.9    -0.3     0.3     0.9 
  Food and beverages..........................     15.256    232.559    232.453     3.8     0.0     0.2     0.2     0.1 
  Commodities less food and beverages.........     24.710    159.117    161.451     4.4     1.5    -0.6     0.4     1.4 
   Nondurables less food and beverages........     15.742    206.834    211.182     6.2     2.1    -0.7     0.8     1.9 
    Apparel...................................      3.562    122.105    123.312     4.2     1.0    -0.1     0.9    -0.9 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                               
        apparel...............................     12.179    264.289    270.682     6.7     2.4    -1.0     0.6     2.8 
   Durables...................................      8.968    112.399    112.780     1.4     0.3     0.0    -0.1     0.2 
 Services.....................................     60.034    268.459    268.819     2.0     0.1     0.2     0.2     0.1 
  Rent of shelter (4).........................     31.190    265.060    265.628     2.0     0.2     0.2     0.1     0.1 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)....       .348    129.929    129.158     2.1    -0.6     0.5     0.3    -0.6 
  Energy services (3).........................      3.873    189.942    187.962    -1.0    -1.0    -0.2    -0.8    -0.8 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                  
      services (2)............................      1.156    183.984    185.499     4.7     0.8     0.5     0.3     0.7 
  Household operations (1) (2)................       .727    153.634    154.198     1.9     0.4     0.1     0.6     0.4 
  Transportation services.....................      5.797    269.438    269.535     1.6     0.0     0.1     0.0    -0.2 
  Medical care services.......................      5.345    432.583    434.832     3.4     0.5     0.4     0.2     0.0 
  Other services..............................     11.598    319.100    319.510     2.4     0.1     0.4     0.4     0.1 
                                                                                                                        
                Special indexes                                                                                         
                                                                                                                        
 All items less food..........................     85.692    225.739    226.927     2.7     0.5     0.0     0.2     0.5 
 All items less shelter.......................     68.461    218.378    219.580     3.3     0.6    -0.1     0.2     0.5 
 All items less medical care..................     92.939    217.804    218.737     2.8     0.4     0.0     0.2     0.4 
 Commodities less food........................     25.658    161.685    163.994     4.3     1.4    -0.5     0.5     1.4 
 Nondurables less food........................     16.690    208.277    212.459     5.9     2.0    -0.7     0.8     1.9 
 Nondurables less food and apparel............     13.127    259.979    265.898     6.4     2.3    -0.9     0.7     2.7 
 Nondurables..................................     30.997    220.325    222.634     5.0     1.0    -0.3     0.5     1.0 
 Services less rent of shelter (4)............     28.844    293.269    293.406     2.0     0.0     0.3     0.1    -0.1 
 Services less medical care services..........     54.689    255.881    256.123     1.9     0.1     0.2     0.1     0.0 
 Energy.......................................      9.679    236.942    242.663     7.0     2.4    -1.3     0.2     3.2 
 All items less energy........................     90.321    227.422    227.925     2.4     0.2     0.2     0.2     0.1 
  All items less food and energy..............     76.013    227.237    227.865     2.2     0.3     0.1     0.2     0.1 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                     
       commodities............................     19.852    145.963    146.628     2.0     0.5    -0.1     0.2     0.1 
    Energy commodities........................      5.806    296.886    310.685    12.4     4.6    -2.0     0.9     5.7 
   Services less energy services..............     56.161    276.432    277.027     2.2     0.2     0.2     0.2     0.1 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1982-84=$1.00)..........................          -     $ .441     $ .439       -       -       -       -       - 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1967=$1.00).............................          -     $ .147     $ .147       -       -       -       -       - 

   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--    
                                               Nov.      Dec.      Jan.      Feb.                                                  
                                               2011      2011      2012      2012                                                  
                                                                                      May     Aug.    Nov.    Feb.    Aug.    Feb. 
                                                                                      2011    2011    2011    2012    2011    2012 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                   
            Expenditure category                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
 All items.................................  227.014   227.033   227.505   228.433     4.8     2.9     1.3     2.5     3.9     1.9 
                                                                                                                                   
  Food and beverages.......................  231.136   231.610   232.080   232.208     5.8     4.6     2.8     1.9     5.2     2.3 
   Food....................................  231.298   231.778   232.154   232.245     6.0     5.0     3.0     1.6     5.5     2.3 
    Food at home...........................  230.256   230.805   230.851   230.784     8.0     6.0     3.2     0.9     7.0     2.1 
     Cereals and bakery products...........  266.541   267.370   266.995   267.562     6.9     7.0     6.0     1.5     6.9     3.8 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs........  227.639   229.103   229.463   229.080    13.8     2.7     4.2     2.6     8.1     3.4 
     Dairy and related products (1)........  218.767   218.458   220.492   219.377    16.3    10.6     3.8     1.1    13.4     2.5 
     Fruits and vegetables.................  284.772   283.333   279.700   278.347    -2.1     7.4    -3.5    -8.7     2.5    -6.2 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                           
         materials.........................  169.448   169.798   169.236   169.152     7.5     4.5     3.6    -0.7     6.0     1.4 
     Other food at home....................  201.152   201.996   203.003   203.834     6.4     6.6     4.3     5.4     6.5     4.8 
      Sugar and sweets (1).................  210.039   210.846   213.700   213.902     2.2     9.1     0.5     7.6     5.6     4.0 
      Fats and oils........................  227.351   230.188   233.400   231.653    14.4    12.0     9.0     7.8    13.2     8.4 
      Other foods..........................  213.041   213.648   214.073   215.460     6.0     5.3     4.2     4.6     5.6     4.4 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)...  125.702   126.293   125.536   127.193     6.4     6.1     1.6     4.8     6.3     3.2 
    Food away from home (1)................  234.046   234.435   235.268   235.603     3.4     3.5     2.7     2.7     3.4     2.7 
     Other food away from home (1) (2).....  164.120   164.095   165.884   165.566     1.6     2.4     1.6     3.6     2.0     2.6 
   Alcoholic beverages.....................  227.465   227.849   229.704   230.398     2.7     0.6     0.4     5.3     1.6     2.8 
                                                                                                                                   
  Housing..................................  220.691   221.005   221.246   221.490     1.7     2.0     1.9     1.5     1.9     1.7 
   Shelter.................................  253.645   254.112   254.613   255.034     1.1     2.6     2.2     2.2     1.8     2.2 
    Rent of primary residence (3)..........  256.307   256.894   257.285   257.867     1.6     2.8     3.2     2.5     2.2     2.8 
    Lodging away from home (2).............  137.839   137.482   137.802   140.404     6.3     5.1    -2.6     7.7     5.7     2.4 
    Owners' equivalent rent of residences                                                                                          
        (1) (3) (4)........................  261.503   261.982   262.543   262.812     0.8     2.5     2.1     2.0     1.6     2.0 
     Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                            
         residence (1) (3) (4).............  261.479   261.960   262.522   262.788     0.8     2.5     2.0     2.0     1.6     2.0 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1)                                                                                           
        (2)................................  128.777   129.480   129.929   129.158     0.8     2.6     3.8     1.2     1.7     2.5 
   Fuels and utilities.....................  221.545   221.347   220.362   219.632     6.3    -1.0     1.2    -3.4     2.6    -1.1 
    Household energy.......................  194.147   193.673   192.424   191.248     6.8    -2.1     0.2    -5.8     2.3    -2.9 
     Fuel oil and other fuels (1)..........  342.823   340.512   344.644   350.482    26.9   -12.1     8.4     9.2     5.6     8.8 
     Energy services (3)...................  194.630   194.233   192.643   191.073     5.1    -1.1    -0.5    -7.1     2.0    -3.9 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                           
        services (2).......................  182.373   183.235   183.712   184.996     4.8     3.2     4.9     5.9     4.0     5.4 
   Household furnishings and operations....  125.503   125.646   125.732   126.072     0.9     1.4     1.0     1.8     1.2     1.4 
    Household operations (1) (2)...........  152.578   152.729   153.634   154.198     1.0     0.9     1.4     4.3     0.9     2.8 
                                                                                                                                   
  Apparel..................................  124.618   124.539   125.646   124.534     4.0    12.5     0.9    -0.3     8.2     0.3 
   Men's and boys' apparel.................  118.407   117.795   118.920   116.920     3.9    14.5     7.0    -4.9     9.1     0.9 
   Women's and girls' apparel..............  111.555   111.303   112.767   111.841     4.0    15.9    -1.3     1.0     9.8    -0.1 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel..........  116.365   117.848   119.698   118.652     4.0    15.4     2.3     8.1     9.5     5.1 
   Footwear................................  128.512   128.846   128.516   128.605     2.5     3.1    -3.1     0.3     2.8    -1.4 
                                                                                                                                   
  Transportation...........................  214.432   212.861   213.465   217.846    16.0     3.4    -2.0     6.5     9.5     2.2 
   Private transportation..................  209.701   208.050   208.812   213.445    17.1     3.8    -2.4     7.3    10.2     2.4 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)........  100.347   100.034    99.631    99.795    10.6     4.3    -3.0    -2.2     7.4    -2.6 
     New vehicles..........................  142.712   142.470   142.407   143.277    10.2     2.4    -2.0     1.6     6.3    -0.2 
     Used cars and trucks..................  150.890   149.907   148.412   148.047    13.7    11.4    -4.6    -7.3    12.5    -6.0 
    Motor fuel.............................  306.556   300.149   302.700   320.746    37.5     4.2    -6.1    19.8    19.7     6.1 
     Gasoline (all types)..................  305.245   298.833   301.449   319.615    37.8     4.2    -6.7    20.2    19.8     5.9 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1)..  146.338   147.499   148.126   148.230     7.0     6.3     2.2     5.3     6.7     3.7 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair                                                                                           
        (1)................................  255.663   255.644   256.405   256.968     2.5     1.5     3.7     2.1     2.0     2.9 
   Public transportation...................  271.334   271.330   269.105   268.594     3.2    -1.7     3.5    -4.0     0.7    -0.3 
                                                                                                                                   
  Medical care.............................  405.533   406.879   408.096   408.930     3.3     2.7     4.1     3.4     3.0     3.7 
   Medical care commodities (1)............  326.624   327.254   329.201   331.867     4.1     0.0     2.8     6.6     2.0     4.7 
   Medical care services...................  430.140   431.762   432.639   432.682     3.1     3.6     4.5     2.4     3.3     3.4 
    Professional services..................  338.426   339.288   338.778   338.091     1.6     2.2     2.4    -0.4     1.9     1.0 
    Hospital and related services..........  654.547   657.425   659.286   659.271     6.1     5.6     5.1     2.9     5.9     4.0 
                                                                                                                                   
  Recreation (2)...........................  113.396   113.753   114.448   114.365     1.1     0.0    -0.5     3.5     0.6     1.5 
   Video and audio (2).....................   98.699    98.759    99.306    99.433     0.2    -0.7     2.0     3.0    -0.3     2.5 
                                                                                                                                   
  Education and communication (2)..........  132.361   132.569   132.930   133.226     1.3     1.6     2.2     2.6     1.4     2.4 
   Education (2)...........................  211.371   212.078   212.673   213.268     4.3     4.8     4.7     3.6     4.5     4.2 
    Educational books and supplies.........  541.592   541.542   545.675   546.465     5.5     2.6     9.4     3.6     4.0     6.5 
    Tuition, other school fees, and                                                                                                
        childcare..........................  607.338   609.518   611.041   612.808     4.2     5.0     4.4     3.7     4.6     4.0 
   Communication (2).......................   83.065    83.050    83.255    83.398    -1.5    -1.4    -0.3     1.6    -1.4     0.7 
    Information and information processing                                                                                         
        (2)................................   79.637    79.619    79.842    79.890    -1.7    -1.5    -0.5     1.3    -1.6     0.4 
     Telephone services (1) (2)............  101.259   101.397   101.687   101.728    -0.6    -0.6     1.0     1.9    -0.6     1.4 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                                          
         services (5)......................    8.871     8.827     8.849     8.859    -4.6    -4.3    -4.8    -0.5    -4.5    -2.7 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                            
          equipment (6)....................   66.002    64.590    64.192    64.297    -9.7   -16.5    -7.7    -9.9   -13.2    -8.8 
                                                                                                                                   
  Other goods and services.................  390.660   390.983   391.639   391.195     0.0     2.5     3.1     0.5     1.2     1.8 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)........  843.604   847.063   851.016   847.880    -1.8     5.8     3.0     2.0     1.9     2.5 
   Personal care...........................  210.281   210.213   210.462   210.301     0.6     1.3     3.1     0.0     1.0     1.6 
    Personal care products (1).............  161.585   160.825   161.256   160.616    -4.5    -1.2     6.6    -2.4    -2.8     2.0 
    Personal care services (1).............  232.216   232.302   232.039   232.907     0.6     0.5     2.5     1.2     0.5     1.9 
    Miscellaneous personal services........  366.920   368.883   368.638   368.381     2.8     3.3     2.9     1.6     3.0     2.2 
                                                                                                                                   
        Commodity and service group                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                   
 Commodities...............................  185.800   185.269   185.883   187.596     9.1     4.1    -0.1     3.9     6.6     1.9 
  Food and beverages.......................  231.136   231.610   232.080   232.208     5.8     4.6     2.8     1.9     5.2     2.3 
  Commodities less food and beverages......  161.280   160.361   161.056   163.389    11.1     3.8    -1.7     5.3     7.3     1.8 
   Nondurables less food and beverages.....  210.858   209.290   210.895   215.005    15.1     3.5    -1.4     8.1     9.2     3.3 
    Apparel................................  124.618   124.539   125.646   124.534     4.0    12.5     0.9    -0.3     8.2     0.3 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                                          
        apparel............................  269.443   266.827   268.523   276.068    18.6     1.4    -2.0    10.2     9.6     3.9 
   Durables................................  112.812   112.785   112.618   112.884     4.9     3.8    -3.2     0.3     4.3    -1.5 
 Services..................................  267.932   268.503   268.937   269.085     2.0     2.1     2.3     1.7     2.0     2.0 
  Rent of shelter (4)......................  264.414   265.018   265.379   265.702     1.2     2.3     2.6     2.0     1.7     2.3 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)   128.777   129.480   129.929   129.158     0.8     2.6     3.8     1.2     1.7     2.5 
  Energy services (3)......................  194.630   194.233   192.643   191.073     5.1    -1.1    -0.5    -7.1     2.0    -3.9 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                             
      services (2).........................  182.373   183.235   183.712   184.996     4.8     3.2     4.9     5.9     4.0     5.4 
  Household operations (1) (2).............  152.578   152.729   153.634   154.198     1.0     0.9     1.4     4.3     0.9     2.8 
  Transportation services..................  269.984   270.283   270.368   269.913     3.2     0.4     2.7    -0.1     1.8     1.3 
  Medical care services....................  430.140   431.762   432.639   432.682     3.1     3.6     4.5     2.4     3.3     3.4 
  Other services...........................  316.934   318.190   319.362   319.650     2.1     1.8     2.3     3.5     2.0     2.9 
                                                                                                                                   
              Special indexes                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                   
 All items less food.......................  226.360   226.305   226.794   227.861     4.6     2.6     1.1     2.7     3.6     1.9 
 All items less shelter....................  219.178   219.019   219.470   220.622     6.6     3.1     1.0     2.7     4.8     1.8 
 All items less medical care...............  218.261   218.228   218.669   219.595     4.9     3.0     1.1     2.5     3.9     1.8 
 Commodities less food.....................  163.735   162.849   163.582   165.883    10.7     3.6    -1.6     5.4     7.1     1.8 
 Nondurables less food.....................  211.951   210.490   212.097   216.034    14.5     3.3    -1.3     7.9     8.7     3.2 
 Nondurables less food and apparel.........  264.418   262.078   263.793   270.788    17.3     1.2    -1.8    10.0     9.0     3.9 
 Nondurables...............................  221.919   221.266   222.270   224.565    10.9     3.7     0.7     4.9     7.2     2.8 
 Services less rent of shelter (4).........  293.003   293.840   294.175   294.003     2.9     1.3     2.5     1.4     2.1     1.9 
 Services less medical care services.......  255.628   256.245   256.504   256.549     1.8     1.8     2.5     1.4     1.8     2.0 
 Energy....................................  246.041   242.746   243.121   250.868    23.8     1.6    -3.6     8.1    12.2     2.1 
 All items less energy.....................  226.892   227.246   227.722   227.924     2.9     3.1     1.9     1.8     3.0     1.9 
  All items less food and energy...........  226.856   227.188   227.684   227.907     2.4     2.8     1.7     1.9     2.6     1.8 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                                
       commodities.........................  146.533   146.378   146.685   146.760     4.1     4.0    -0.4     0.6     4.0     0.1 
    Energy commodities.....................  310.498   304.251   306.902   324.465    36.9     3.2    -5.3    19.2    18.9     6.2 
   Services less energy services...........  275.412   276.075   276.695   277.008     1.8     2.3     2.5     2.3     2.0     2.4 

   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                                          Feb.2012 from--   Jan.2012 from-- 
                                              schedule                                                                            
                                                 (1)      Nov.      Dec.      Jan.      Feb.                                      
                                                          2011      2011      2012      2012    Feb.  Dec.  Jan.  Jan.  Nov.  Dec.
                                                                                                2011  2011  2012  2011  2011  2011
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                  
 U.S. city average...........................    M      226.230   225.672   226.665   227.663   2.9   0.9   0.4   2.9   0.2   0.4 
                                                                                                                                  
           Region and area size(2)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Northeast urban.............................    M      242.652   241.987   242.879   243.850   2.8   0.8   0.4   2.9   0.1   0.4 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      244.076   243.328   244.296   245.179   2.7   0.8   0.4   2.8   0.1   0.4 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      145.335   145.062   145.456   146.217   3.3   0.8   0.5   3.2   0.1   0.3 
                                                                                                                                  
 Midwest urban...............................    M      215.614   215.173   216.368   216.855   2.7   0.8   0.2   2.8   0.3   0.6 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      216.097   215.633   216.883   217.320   2.8   0.8   0.2   2.8   0.4   0.6 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      138.453   138.186   138.903   139.191   2.6   0.7   0.2   2.8   0.3   0.5 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      212.907   212.505   213.649   214.524   3.1   1.0   0.4   2.9   0.3   0.5 
                                                                                                                                  
 South urban.................................    M      219.961   219.469   220.497   221.802   3.3   1.1   0.6   3.2   0.2   0.5 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      220.654   220.152   221.185   222.711   3.0   1.2   0.7   2.8   0.2   0.5 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      140.218   139.838   140.388   141.133   3.3   0.9   0.5   3.3   0.1   0.4 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      224.714   224.892   226.902   228.117   4.3   1.4   0.5   4.7   1.0   0.9 
                                                                                                                                  
 West urban..................................    M      228.771   228.117   228.980   229.995   2.5   0.8   0.4   2.6   0.1   0.4 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      232.851   232.106   233.044   234.173   2.5   0.9   0.5   2.5   0.1   0.4 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      138.411   138.017   138.465   138.997   2.3   0.7   0.4   2.6   0.0   0.3 
                                                                                                                                  
                 Size classes                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                  
   A (4).....................................    M      206.201   205.636   206.562   207.469   2.7   0.9   0.4   2.7   0.2   0.5 
   B/C (3)...................................    M      140.225   139.881   140.418   141.040   3.0   0.8   0.4   3.1   0.1   0.4 
   D.........................................    M      220.020   219.950   221.362   222.324   3.5   1.1   0.4   3.7   0.6   0.6 
                                                                                                                                  
           Selected local areas(5)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Chicago-Gary-Kenosha, IL-IN-WI..............    M      219.181   218.180   219.585   219.626   1.6   0.7   0.0   2.1   0.2   0.6 
 Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA.....    M      232.731   231.567   233.441   234.537   2.1   1.3   0.5   2.1   0.3   0.8 
 New York-Northern N.J.-Long Island,                                                                                              
     NY-NJ-CT-PA.............................    M      249.317   248.307   249.322   250.285   2.6   0.8   0.4   2.8   0.0   0.4 
                                                                                                                                  
 Boston-Brockton-Nashua, MA-NH-ME-CT.........    1      245.030         -   245.891         -     -     -     -   2.5   0.4     - 
 Cleveland-Akron, OH.........................    1      211.225         -   211.985         -     -     -     -   2.1   0.4     - 
 Dallas-Fort Worth, TX.......................    1      209.283         -   209.203         -     -     -     -   3.0   0.0     - 
 Washington-Baltimore, DC-MD-VA-WV (6).......    1      147.565         -   148.163         -     -     -     -   2.7   0.4     - 
                                                                                                                                  
 Atlanta, GA.................................    2            -   208.590         -   210.600   2.4   1.0     -     -     -     - 
 Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint, MI.................    2            -   213.505         -   214.836   3.9   0.6     -     -     -     - 
 Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, TX..............    2            -   200.477         -   204.291   3.6   1.9     -     -     -     - 
 Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL...................    2            -   231.794         -   234.043   2.9   1.0     -     -     -     - 
 Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City,                                                                                           
     PA-NJ-DE-MD.............................    2            -   234.312         -   235.857   2.2   0.7     -     -     -     - 
 San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA..........    2            -   234.327         -   236.880   3.0   1.1     -     -     -     - 
 Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton, WA................    2            -   234.812         -   235.744   2.7   0.4     -     -     -     - 

   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 Feb. 2012    percent change from- 
                     CPI-W                     importance,                            from-                             
                                                 December                                                               
                                                   2011       Jan.       Feb.                      Nov.    Dec.    Jan. 
                                                              2012       2012      Feb.    Jan.     to      to      to  
                                                                                   2011    2012    Dec.    Jan.    Feb. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                        
             Expenditure category                                                                                       
                                                                                                                        
 All items....................................    100.000    223.216    224.317     3.1     0.5     0.0     0.2     0.5 
 All items (1967=100).........................          -    664.891    668.171       -       -       -       -       - 
                                                                                                                        
  Food and beverages..........................     15.940    232.052    231.971     3.9     0.0     0.2     0.2     0.1 
   Food.......................................     15.071    231.980    231.806     4.0    -0.1     0.2     0.2     0.0 
    Food at home..............................      9.460    230.631    230.148     4.6    -0.2     0.2     0.0     0.0 
     Cereals and bakery products..............      1.338    267.512    268.245     5.2     0.3     0.2    -0.1     0.1 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs...........      2.278    229.739    228.787     5.9    -0.4     0.6     0.1     0.0 
     Dairy and related products (1)...........       .991    219.185    218.218     7.8    -0.4     0.0     0.8    -0.4 
     Fruits and vegetables....................      1.318    282.588    278.626    -1.9    -1.4    -0.5    -1.2    -0.6 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                
         materials............................      1.093    169.594    168.825     3.4    -0.5     0.2    -0.4    -0.1 
     Other food at home.......................      2.442    201.995    203.131     5.7     0.6     0.4     0.5     0.3 
      Sugar and sweets (1)....................       .334    212.860    213.086     4.8     0.1     0.3     1.5     0.1 
      Fats and oils...........................       .291    235.791    234.241    11.2    -0.7     1.4     1.5    -0.9 
      Other foods.............................      1.817    213.520    215.327     5.0     0.8     0.2     0.2     0.6 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)......       .633    125.367    127.047     4.5     1.3     0.4    -0.7     1.3 
    Food away from home (1)...................      5.611    235.423    235.782     3.1     0.2     0.2     0.3     0.2 
     Other food away from home (1) (2)........       .352    166.216    165.955     2.0    -0.2     0.0     0.6    -0.2 
   Alcoholic beverages........................       .869    231.821    233.328     2.9     0.7     0.1     0.9     0.6 
                                                                                                                        
  Housing.....................................     39.848    217.528    217.717     1.8     0.1     0.2     0.1     0.1 
   Shelter....................................     30.486    248.435    248.868     2.0     0.2     0.2     0.2     0.2 
    Rent of primary residence (3).............      8.926    255.800    256.292     2.5     0.2     0.2     0.1     0.2 
    Lodging away from home (2)................       .433    132.580    137.590     3.3     3.8    -0.1    -0.1     1.7 
    Owners' equivalent rent of residences (1)                                                                           
        (3) (4)...............................     20.821    237.848    238.085     1.8     0.1     0.2     0.2     0.1 
     Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                 
         residence (1) (3) (4)................     20.165    237.840    238.078     1.8     0.1     0.2     0.2     0.1 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)..       .306    131.182    130.565     2.0    -0.5     0.6     0.4    -0.5 
   Fuels and utilities........................      5.903    216.589    215.460     0.8    -0.5    -0.1    -0.5    -0.4 
    Household energy..........................      4.676    187.786    186.170    -0.2    -0.9    -0.2    -0.7    -0.6 
     Fuel oil and other fuels (1).............       .282    344.055    350.169     7.1     1.8    -0.7     1.1     1.8 
     Energy services (3)......................      4.394    189.143    187.193    -0.7    -1.0    -0.2    -0.8    -0.8 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                
        services (2)..........................      1.227    184.533    185.943     4.7     0.8     0.5     0.4     0.6 
   Household furnishings and operations.......      3.458    121.770    122.201     1.4     0.4     0.1     0.1     0.2 
    Household operations (1) (2)..............       .357    156.727    156.914     2.1     0.1     0.1     0.6     0.1 
                                                                                                                        
  Apparel.....................................      3.618    121.896    123.044     4.7     0.9     0.1     0.9    -0.9 
   Men's and boys' apparel....................       .882    116.817    117.088     5.0     0.2    -0.3     0.7    -1.5 
   Women's and girls' apparel.................      1.407    107.583    109.862     5.0     2.1     0.1     1.2    -1.1 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel.............       .280    122.603    121.768     7.9    -0.7     1.5     1.6    -1.1 
   Footwear...................................       .813    127.300    128.188     1.4     0.7     0.2    -0.2     0.0 
                                                                                                                        
  Transportation..............................     19.031    211.599    215.665     6.3     1.9    -0.8     0.4     2.3 
   Private transportation.....................     18.154    208.363    212.481     6.6     2.0    -0.9     0.4     2.4 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)...........      6.239     99.037     99.279     2.6     0.2    -0.3    -0.5     0.2 
     New vehicles.............................      3.035    144.431    145.475     3.1     0.7    -0.1    -0.1     0.7 
     Used cars and trucks.....................      2.736    148.197    148.055     2.9    -0.1    -0.7    -1.0    -0.2 
    Motor fuel................................      7.015    293.496    307.606    12.7     4.8    -2.1     0.9     5.9 
     Gasoline (all types).....................      6.773    292.151    306.466    12.6     4.9    -2.1     0.9     6.0 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1).....       .511    147.804    147.905     5.1     0.1     0.7     0.4     0.1 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair (1)..      1.153    259.076    259.689     2.4     0.2     0.0     0.3     0.2 
   Public transportation......................       .877    262.018    264.030     0.6     0.8     0.0    -0.7    -0.1 
                                                                                                                        
  Medical care................................      5.670    410.459    413.022     3.5     0.6     0.3     0.3     0.2 
   Medical care commodities (1)...............      1.344    321.314    323.842     3.5     0.8     0.2     0.6     0.8 
   Medical care services......................      4.327    436.798    439.305     3.5     0.6     0.4     0.3     0.1 
    Professional services.....................      2.390    342.491    342.887     1.5     0.1     0.2    -0.1    -0.3 
    Hospital and related services.............      1.399    662.841    669.040     5.2     0.9     0.5     0.3     0.2 
                                                                                                                        
  Recreation (2)..............................      5.579    110.556    110.881     1.1     0.3     0.3     0.6     0.0 
   Video and audio (2)........................      2.060     99.563    100.192     1.3     0.6     0.1     0.7     0.0 
                                                                                                                        
  Education and communication (2).............      6.800    126.735    126.853     1.4     0.1     0.1     0.2     0.2 
   Education (2)..............................      2.686    209.865    209.868     4.2     0.0     0.3     0.2     0.2 
    Educational books and supplies............       .214    554.390    554.958     5.5     0.1     0.1     0.6     0.1 
    Tuition, other school fees, and childcare       2.472    589.117    589.075     4.0     0.0     0.3     0.2     0.3 
   Communication (2)..........................      4.114     85.761     85.892    -0.3     0.2     0.0     0.2     0.1 
    Information and information processing (2)      3.999     83.391     83.455    -0.5     0.1     0.0     0.2     0.1 
     Telephone services (1) (2)...............      2.984    101.014    101.050     0.3     0.0     0.1     0.2     0.0 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                               
         services (5).........................      1.015      9.404      9.423    -3.2     0.2    -0.4     0.2     0.1 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                 
          equipment (6).......................       .247     64.382     64.729   -10.3     0.5    -1.7    -0.7     0.2 
                                                                                                                        
  Other goods and services....................      3.515    421.572    421.412     1.5     0.0     0.1     0.2    -0.1 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)...........      1.227    856.419    853.214     2.3    -0.4     0.4     0.5    -0.4 
   Personal care..............................      2.288    207.814    207.958     1.1     0.1     0.0     0.1     0.0 
    Personal care products (1)................       .611    161.473    161.121    -0.5    -0.2    -0.5     0.3    -0.2 
    Personal care services (1)................       .577    232.093    232.964     1.1     0.4     0.0    -0.1     0.4 
    Miscellaneous personal services...........       .921    368.843    369.051     2.4     0.1     0.4    -0.1     0.0 
                                                                                                                        
          Commodity and service group                                                                                   
                                                                                                                        
 Commodities..................................     42.665    188.931    190.816     4.6     1.0    -0.3     0.4     1.1 
  Food and beverages..........................     15.940    232.052    231.971     3.9     0.0     0.2     0.2     0.1 
  Commodities less food and beverages.........     26.725    165.511    168.180     5.0     1.6    -0.6     0.5     1.7 
   Nondurables less food and beverages........     17.285    218.318    223.359     6.8     2.3    -0.8     0.9     2.2 
    Apparel...................................      3.618    121.896    123.044     4.7     0.9     0.1     0.9    -0.9 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                               
        apparel...............................     13.667    282.875    290.400     7.4     2.7    -1.1     0.7     3.1 
   Durables...................................      9.440    114.105    114.470     1.8     0.3    -0.1    -0.2     0.3 
 Services.....................................     57.335    263.615    263.904     2.0     0.1     0.2     0.1     0.0 
  Rent of shelter (4).........................     30.181    239.387    239.820     2.0     0.2     0.2     0.2     0.1 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)....       .306    131.182    130.565     2.0    -0.5     0.6     0.4    -0.5 
  Energy services (3).........................      4.394    189.143    187.193    -0.7    -1.0    -0.2    -0.8    -0.8 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                  
      services (2)............................      1.227    184.533    185.943     4.7     0.8     0.5     0.4     0.6 
  Household operations (1) (2)................       .357    156.727    156.914     2.1     0.1     0.1     0.6     0.1 
  Transportation services.....................      5.641    270.972    271.019     2.1     0.0     0.2     0.1    -0.1 
  Medical care services.......................      4.327    436.798    439.305     3.5     0.6     0.4     0.3     0.1 
  Other services..............................     10.903    303.344    303.908     2.1     0.2     0.4     0.3     0.1 
                                                                                                                        
                Special indexes                                                                                         
                                                                                                                        
 All items less food..........................     84.929    221.476    222.792     3.0     0.6    -0.1     0.2     0.6 
 All items less shelter.......................     69.514    216.427    217.801     3.6     0.6    -0.1     0.2     0.6 
 All items less medical care..................     94.330    215.653    216.699     3.1     0.5     0.0     0.2     0.5 
 Commodities less food........................     27.594    167.821    170.476     4.9     1.6    -0.6     0.5     1.6 
 Nondurables less food........................     18.154    219.315    224.205     6.6     2.2    -0.8     0.9     2.1 
 Nondurables less food and apparel............     14.536    277.315    284.362     7.1     2.5    -1.0     0.8     2.9 
 Nondurables..................................     33.225    226.025    228.711     5.4     1.2    -0.3     0.5     1.2 
 Services less rent of shelter (4)............     27.154    258.616    258.697     2.0     0.0     0.3     0.1    -0.1 
 Services less medical care services..........     53.008    251.705    251.882     1.9     0.1     0.2     0.1     0.0 
 Energy.......................................     11.691    238.978    245.158     7.5     2.6    -1.4     0.2     3.4 
 All items less energy........................     88.309    222.298    222.758     2.5     0.2     0.2     0.2     0.1 
  All items less food and energy..............     73.238    220.736    221.318     2.2     0.3     0.2     0.2     0.1 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                     
       commodities............................     20.297    148.645    149.277     2.3     0.4    -0.1     0.2     0.0 
    Energy commodities........................      7.297    297.049    310.990    12.5     4.7    -2.0     0.9     5.8 
   Services less energy services..............     52.941    271.762    272.318     2.2     0.2     0.3     0.2     0.1 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1982-84=$1.00)..........................          -     $ .448     $ .446       -       -       -       -       - 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1967=$1.00).............................          -     $ .150     $ .150       -       -       -       -       - 

   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--    
                                               Nov.      Dec.      Jan.      Feb.                                                  
                                               2011      2011      2012      2012                                                  
                                                                                      May     Aug.    Nov.    Feb.    Aug.    Feb. 
                                                                                      2011    2011    2011    2012    2011    2012 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                   
            Expenditure category                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
 All items.................................  223.717   223.684   224.148   225.250     5.6     3.1     1.2     2.8     4.3     2.0 
                                                                                                                                   
  Food and beverages.......................  230.666   231.158   231.622   231.754     6.0     4.7     3.0     1.9     5.4     2.5 
   Food....................................  230.660   231.162   231.529   231.594     6.3     5.0     3.1     1.6     5.6     2.4 
    Food at home...........................  229.277   229.833   229.919   229.814     8.3     5.8     3.4     0.9     7.0     2.2 
     Cereals and bakery products...........  267.440   268.006   267.803   268.004     6.8     7.0     6.3     0.8     6.9     3.5 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs........  227.665   229.098   229.355   229.260    14.6     2.3     4.3     2.8     8.2     3.5 
     Dairy and related products (1)........  217.557   217.503   219.185   218.218    17.1    10.7     3.1     1.2    13.9     2.1 
     Fruits and vegetables.................  282.533   281.176   277.918   276.351    -3.1     7.3    -2.6    -8.5     2.0    -5.6 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                           
         materials.........................  168.584   168.908   168.287   168.103     7.3     4.3     3.4    -1.1     5.8     1.1 
     Other food at home....................  200.399   201.182   202.272   202.972     6.5     6.6     4.4     5.2     6.6     4.8 
      Sugar and sweets (1).................  209.091   209.639   212.860   213.086     1.6     8.9     1.1     7.9     5.1     4.4 
      Fats and oils........................  228.447   231.558   235.062   232.860    14.4    13.1     9.3     8.0    13.7     8.6 
      Other foods..........................  213.066   213.598   214.023   215.306     6.3     5.1     4.3     4.3     5.7     4.3 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)...  125.761   126.235   125.367   127.047     7.0     5.5     1.4     4.2     6.2     2.8 
    Food away from home (1)................  234.240   234.666   235.423   235.782     3.4     3.8     2.7     2.7     3.6     2.7 
     Other food away from home (1) (2).....  165.228   165.205   166.216   165.955     1.9     2.6     1.7     1.8     2.3     1.7 
   Alcoholic beverages.....................  229.320   229.662   231.733   233.018     3.1     0.6     1.5     6.6     1.8     4.0 
                                                                                                                                   
  Housing..................................  217.422   217.764   217.930   218.097     1.8     2.0     2.0     1.2     1.9     1.6 
   Shelter.................................  247.512   248.039   248.481   248.869     1.0     2.5     2.3     2.2     1.8     2.3 
    Rent of primary residence (3)..........  254.439   255.050   255.369   255.957     1.6     2.8     3.1     2.4     2.2     2.7 
    Lodging away from home (2).............  139.050   138.932   138.797   141.111     6.8     3.6    -2.9     6.1     5.2     1.5 
    Owners' equivalent rent of residences                                                                                          
        (1) (3) (4)........................  236.869   237.350   237.848   238.085     0.7     2.4     2.1     2.1     1.5     2.1 
     Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                            
         residence (1) (3) (4).............  236.859   237.342   237.840   238.078     0.7     2.4     2.1     2.1     1.5     2.1 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1)                                                                                           
        (2)................................  129.912   130.695   131.182   130.565    -0.5     2.7     3.7     2.0     1.1     2.9 
   Fuels and utilities.....................  220.091   219.922   218.917   218.074     6.3    -0.4     1.1    -3.6     2.9    -1.3 
    Household energy.......................  192.117   191.695   190.399   189.184     6.7    -1.4     0.2    -6.0     2.6    -3.0 
     Fuel oil and other fuels (1)..........  342.717   340.375   344.055   350.169    25.2   -12.0     9.6     9.0     4.9     9.3 
     Energy services (3)...................  193.891   193.537   191.946   190.425     5.3    -0.5    -0.6    -7.0     2.4    -3.8 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                           
        services (2).......................  182.744   183.611   184.306   185.386     4.8     3.2     4.9     5.9     4.0     5.4 
   Household furnishings and operations....  121.768   121.857   121.930   122.141     1.5     1.7     1.2     1.2     1.6     1.2 
    Household operations (1) (2)...........  155.567   155.744   156.727   156.914     1.8     1.3     1.8     3.5     1.5     2.6 
                                                                                                                                   
  Apparel..................................  123.937   124.119   125.293   124.138     4.6    12.1     1.8     0.7     8.3     1.2 
   Men's and boys' apparel.................  118.799   118.421   119.207   117.459     4.3    11.4     9.5    -4.4     7.8     2.3 
   Women's and girls' apparel..............  111.174   111.270   112.645   111.458     4.7    15.7    -0.8     1.0    10.1     0.1 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel..........  119.892   121.697   123.626   122.247     4.5    18.7     1.2     8.1    11.4     4.6 
   Footwear................................  129.147   129.348   129.142   129.127     4.2     4.1    -2.3    -0.1     4.2    -1.2 
                                                                                                                                   
  Transportation...........................  215.570   213.811   214.570   219.572    17.7     4.1    -2.5     7.6    10.7     2.5 
   Private transportation..................  212.198   210.392   211.254   216.417    18.4     4.3    -2.7     8.2    11.1     2.6 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)........   99.974    99.627    99.128    99.284    11.3     5.7    -3.0    -2.7     8.4    -2.9 
     New vehicles..........................  143.707   143.506   143.417   144.448    10.2     2.4    -1.9     2.1     6.2     0.1 
     Used cars and trucks..................  151.951   150.961   149.463   149.093    13.7    11.5    -4.5    -7.3    12.6    -5.9 
    Motor fuel.............................  307.658   301.259   303.958   322.030    37.5     4.4    -6.4    20.0    19.8     6.0 
     Gasoline (all types)..................  306.470   300.075   302.847   321.034    37.8     4.4    -7.1    20.4    19.9     5.8 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1)..  146.151   147.223   147.804   147.905     7.3     6.1     2.1     4.9     6.7     3.5 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair                                                                                           
        (1)................................  258.342   258.355   259.076   259.689     2.4     1.6     3.6     2.1     2.0     2.8 
   Public transportation...................  268.353   268.487   266.645   266.487     3.1    -1.4     3.7    -2.8     0.8     0.4 
                                                                                                                                   
  Medical care.............................  407.721   409.115   410.534   411.483     3.4     2.7     4.3     3.7     3.1     4.0 
   Medical care commodities (1)............  318.671   319.396   321.314   323.842     4.3     0.3     3.0     6.7     2.3     4.8 
   Medical care services...................  434.106   435.752   436.902   437.159     3.1     3.5     4.7     2.8     3.3     3.8 
    Professional services..................  342.229   343.032   342.799   341.810     1.6     2.3     2.5    -0.5     2.0     1.0 
    Hospital and related services..........  657.880   660.972   662.755   663.750     6.2     5.6     5.2     3.6     5.9     4.4 
                                                                                                                                   
  Recreation (2)...........................  109.905   110.249   110.877   110.893     1.4     0.0    -0.6     3.6     0.7     1.5 
   Video and audio (2).....................   99.444    99.583   100.249   100.265     0.4    -1.0     2.5     3.3    -0.3     2.9 
                                                                                                                                   
  Education and communication (2)..........  126.135   126.323   126.612   126.838     0.8     0.9     1.8     2.2     0.8     2.0 
   Education (2)...........................  208.259   208.927   209.422   209.945     4.2     4.1     5.0     3.3     4.2     4.1 
    Educational books and supplies.........  548.282   548.831   552.247   552.720     5.2     3.3    10.2     3.3     4.3     6.7 
    Tuition, other school fees, and                                                                                                
        childcare..........................  584.757   586.751   587.964   589.517     4.1     4.2     4.5     3.3     4.2     3.9 
   Communication (2).......................   85.524    85.553    85.741    85.854    -1.4    -1.2    -0.2     1.6    -1.3     0.7 
    Information and information processing                                                                                         
        (2)................................   83.151    83.179    83.377    83.424    -1.4    -1.3    -0.4     1.3    -1.4     0.5 
     Telephone services (1) (2)............  100.620   100.764   101.014   101.050    -0.6    -0.8     0.9     1.7    -0.7     1.3 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                                          
         services (5)......................    9.415     9.379     9.398     9.409    -4.4    -3.2    -4.8    -0.3    -3.8    -2.5 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                            
          equipment (6)....................   65.790    64.651    64.202    64.338   -10.6   -14.8    -6.9    -8.5   -12.7    -7.7 
                                                                                                                                   
  Other goods and services.................  420.462   420.998   421.681   421.310    -0.5     3.0     2.8     0.8     1.2     1.8 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)........  848.791   852.435   856.419   853.214    -2.0     6.1     3.0     2.1     2.0     2.6 
   Personal care...........................  207.847   207.746   207.885   207.881     0.3     1.3     2.7     0.1     0.8     1.4 
    Personal care products (1).............  161.716   160.954   161.473   161.121    -4.6    -1.1     5.3    -1.5    -2.8     1.8 
    Personal care services (1).............  232.222   232.313   232.093   232.964     0.5     0.3     2.3     1.3     0.4     1.8 
    Miscellaneous personal services........  368.267   369.704   369.334   369.317     2.5     3.0     2.8     1.1     2.7     2.0 
                                                                                                                                   
        Commodity and service group                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                   
 Commodities...............................  190.308   189.707   190.404   192.449    10.1     4.5    -0.1     4.6     7.2     2.2 
  Food and beverages.......................  230.666   231.158   231.622   231.754     6.0     4.7     3.0     1.9     5.4     2.5 
  Commodities less food and beverages......  168.025   166.976   167.752   170.554    12.5     4.3    -1.9     6.2     8.4     2.0 
   Nondurables less food and beverages.....  222.755   220.944   222.849   227.803    16.8     3.7    -1.7     9.4    10.1     3.7 
    Apparel................................  123.937   124.119   125.293   124.138     4.6    12.1     1.8     0.7     8.3     1.2 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                                          
        apparel............................  289.013   285.869   288.013   296.863    20.0     1.9    -2.3    11.3    10.6     4.3 
   Durables................................  114.733   114.642   114.372   114.741     5.9     5.2    -3.7     0.0     5.5    -1.9 
 Services..................................  263.053   263.648   264.025   264.147     2.0     2.0     2.4     1.7     2.0     2.0 
  Rent of shelter (4)......................  238.554   239.075   239.434   239.753     1.3     2.2     2.5     2.0     1.8     2.3 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)   129.912   130.695   131.182   130.565    -0.5     2.7     3.7     2.0     1.1     2.9 
  Energy services (3)......................  193.891   193.537   191.946   190.425     5.3    -0.5    -0.6    -7.0     2.4    -3.8 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                             
      services (2).........................  182.744   183.611   184.306   185.386     4.8     3.2     4.9     5.9     4.0     5.4 
  Household operations (1) (2).............  155.567   155.744   156.727   156.914     1.8     1.3     1.8     3.5     1.5     2.6 
  Transportation services..................  270.697   271.151   271.447   271.090     3.6     1.0     3.3     0.6     2.3     1.9 
  Medical care services....................  434.106   435.752   436.902   437.159     3.1     3.5     4.7     2.8     3.3     3.8 
  Other services...........................  301.510   302.648   303.629   303.953     1.9     1.2     2.1     3.3     1.5     2.7 
                                                                                                                                   
              Special indexes                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                   
 All items less food.......................  222.296   222.168   222.638   223.918     5.4     2.8     0.9     3.0     4.1     1.9 
 All items less shelter....................  217.444   217.207   217.699   219.101     7.5     3.4     0.8     3.1     5.4     1.9 
 All items less medical care...............  216.248   216.172   216.604   217.704     5.7     3.1     1.1     2.7     4.4     1.9 
 Commodities less food.....................  170.210   169.195   170.019   172.800    12.2     4.2    -1.8     6.2     8.1     2.1 
 Nondurables less food.....................  223.365   221.670   223.594   228.396    16.1     3.4    -1.5     9.3     9.6     3.8 
 Nondurables less food and apparel.........  282.638   279.803   282.002   290.210    18.9     1.6    -2.1    11.2     9.9     4.3 
 Nondurables...............................  227.760   227.001   228.186   230.923    12.0     3.7     0.6     5.7     7.8     3.1 
 Services less rent of shelter (4).........  258.482   259.241   259.493   259.315     3.0     1.1     2.5     1.3     2.1     1.9 
 Services less medical care services.......  251.317   251.921   252.171   252.218     2.1     1.6     2.4     1.4     1.8     1.9 
 Energy....................................  248.293   244.867   245.461   253.802    24.7     2.2    -4.0     9.2    12.9     2.4 
 All items less energy.....................  221.742   222.119   222.551   222.728     3.2     3.2     2.0     1.8     3.2     1.9 
  All items less food and energy...........  220.326   220.679   221.124   221.324     2.6     2.9     1.7     1.8     2.7     1.8 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                                
       commodities.........................  149.269   149.158   149.414   149.453     4.6     4.6    -0.3     0.5     4.6     0.1 
    Energy commodities.....................  310.638   304.362   307.238   325.037    36.9     3.6    -5.8    19.9    19.1     6.3 
   Services less energy services...........  270.595   271.297   271.896   272.205     1.7     2.2     2.6     2.4     1.9     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 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                                          Feb.2012 from--   Jan.2012 from-- 
                                              schedule                                                                            
                                                 (1)      Nov.      Dec.      Jan.      Feb.                                      
                                                          2011      2011      2012      2012    Feb.  Dec.  Jan.  Jan.  Nov.  Dec.
                                                                                                2011  2011  2012  2011  2011  2011
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                  
 U.S. city average...........................    M      222.813   222.166   223.216   224.317   3.1   1.0   0.5   3.1   0.2   0.5 
                                                                                                                                  
           Region and area size(2)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Northeast urban.............................    M      241.167   240.431   241.321   242.371   3.1   0.8   0.4   3.2   0.1   0.4 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      240.912   240.148   241.066   242.040   2.9   0.8   0.4   3.1   0.1   0.4 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      146.843   146.432   146.923   147.685   3.5   0.9   0.5   3.3   0.1   0.3 
                                                                                                                                  
 Midwest urban...............................    M      211.969   211.459   212.756   213.248   3.0   0.8   0.2   3.2   0.4   0.6 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      211.505   210.962   212.309   212.714   3.0   0.8   0.2   3.1   0.4   0.6 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      139.048   138.741   139.595   139.934   3.0   0.9   0.2   3.2   0.4   0.6 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      211.533   211.040   212.052   212.902   3.2   0.9   0.4   3.1   0.2   0.5 
                                                                                                                                  
 South urban.................................    M      218.030   217.463   218.571   220.080   3.6   1.2   0.7   3.5   0.2   0.5 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      219.215   218.603   219.705   221.592   3.5   1.4   0.9   3.1   0.2   0.5 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      139.721   139.299   139.863   140.726   3.5   1.0   0.6   3.4   0.1   0.4 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      225.404   225.422   227.762   228.966   4.4   1.6   0.5   4.9   1.0   1.0 
                                                                                                                                  
 West urban..................................    M      223.785   222.968   223.849   224.956   2.5   0.9   0.5   2.7   0.0   0.4 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      226.250   225.267   226.277   227.609   2.6   1.0   0.6   2.6   0.0   0.4 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      138.587   138.157   138.578   139.050   2.4   0.6   0.3   2.7   0.0   0.3 
                                                                                                                                  
                 Size classes                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                  
   A (4).....................................    M      205.627   204.954   205.939   206.988   3.0   1.0   0.5   3.0   0.2   0.5 
   B/C (3)...................................    M      140.330   139.931   140.506   141.179   3.2   0.9   0.5   3.2   0.1   0.4 
   D.........................................    M      218.973   218.780   220.339   221.349   3.7   1.2   0.5   3.9   0.6   0.7 
                                                                                                                                  
           Selected local areas(5)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Chicago-Gary-Kenosha, IL-IN-WI..............    M      213.704   212.597   214.298   214.022   1.9   0.7  -0.1   2.5   0.3   0.8 
 Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA.....    M      225.786   224.444   226.245   227.585   2.1   1.4   0.6   2.1   0.2   0.8 
 New York-Northern N.J.-Long Island,                                                                                              
     NY-NJ-CT-PA.............................    M      245.546   244.586   245.541   246.539   2.8   0.8   0.4   3.0   0.0   0.4 
                                                                                                                                  
 Boston-Brockton-Nashua, MA-NH-ME-CT.........    1      246.349         -   247.006         -     -     -     -   2.7   0.3     - 
 Cleveland-Akron, OH.........................    1      202.824         -   203.575         -     -     -     -   2.0   0.4     - 
 Dallas-Fort Worth, TX.......................    1      214.581         -   214.557         -     -     -     -   3.7   0.0     - 
 Washington-Baltimore, DC-MD-VA-WV (6).......    1      148.038         -   148.489         -     -     -     -   2.7   0.3     - 
                                                                                                                                  
 Atlanta, GA.................................    2            -   207.654         -   210.269   2.8   1.3     -     -     -     - 
 Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint, MI.................    2            -   210.199         -   212.037   4.5   0.9     -     -     -     - 
 Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, TX..............    2            -   199.480         -   203.603   4.1   2.1     -     -     -     - 
 Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL...................    2            -   230.394         -   232.605   3.2   1.0     -     -     -     - 
 Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City,                                                                                           
     PA-NJ-DE-MD.............................    2            -   235.194         -   236.815   2.4   0.7     -     -     -     - 
 San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA..........    2            -   231.109         -   234.648   3.5   1.5     -     -     -     - 
 Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton, WA................    2            -   231.297         -   232.081   2.8   0.3     -     -     -     - 

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


 Table 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         Feb. 2012 from-  
                    C-CPI-U                     December                                          
                                                2009-2010                                         
                                                              Jan.      Feb.      Feb.      Jan.  
                                                              2012      2012      2011      2012  
                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                  
             Expenditure category                                                                 
                                                                                                  
 All items....................................    100.000   130.104   130.569       2.6       0.4 
                                                                                                  
  Food and beverages..........................     15.084   134.898   134.845       3.7       0.0 
   Food.......................................     14.112   135.182   135.085       3.8      -0.1 
    Food at home..............................      8.447   130.832   130.552       4.4      -0.2 
    Food away from home.......................      5.665   140.953   141.152       3.0       0.1 
   Alcoholic beverages........................       .971   131.515   132.083       1.5       0.4 
                                                                                                  
  Housing.....................................     41.994   130.806   130.960       1.7       0.1 
   Shelter....................................     32.159   134.278   134.556       2.0       0.2 
   Fuels and utilities........................      5.481   160.021   159.024       0.2      -0.6 
   Household furnishings and operations.......      4.355    92.940    93.305       0.8       0.4 
                                                                                                  
  Apparel.....................................      3.613    91.559    92.435       3.5       1.0 
                                                                                                  
  Transportation..............................     15.647   141.008   143.078       5.1       1.5 
   Private transportation.....................     14.521   142.034   144.205       5.5       1.5 
   Public transportation......................      1.126   129.003   129.890      -0.1       0.7 
                                                                                                  
  Medical care................................      6.942   157.640   158.549       3.4       0.6 
   Medical care commodities...................      1.697   138.286   139.368       3.3       0.8 
   Medical care services......................      5.245   164.751   165.592       3.4       0.5 
                                                                                                  
  Recreation..................................      6.393   102.670   102.766       0.2       0.1 
                                                                                                  
  Education and communication.................      6.936   113.826   113.938       1.3       0.1 
   Education..................................      3.074   196.362   196.339       4.3       0.0 
   Communication..............................      3.862    70.705    70.836      -1.0       0.2 
                                                                                                  
  Other goods and services....................      3.391   144.296   144.210       2.4      -0.1 
                                                                                                  
          Commodity and service group                                                             
                                                                                                  
 Services.....................................     60.782   139.177   139.330       2.0       0.1 
 Commodities..................................     39.218   119.250   120.135       3.5       0.7 
  Durables....................................      9.295    80.586    80.826       0.5       0.3 
 Nondurables..................................     29.924   139.240   140.466       4.5       0.9 
  All items less food and energy..............     77.054   122.897   123.217       2.0       0.3 
 Energy.......................................      8.833   198.691   202.464       5.7       1.9 

 Indexes for 2012 are initial estimates.  Indexes for 2011 are interim adjustments.
 NOTE: Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.

Last Modified Date: March 16, 2012