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                   CONSUMER PRICE INDEX:  FEBRUARY 2009
 
      The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased
 0.5 percent in February, before seasonal adjustment, the Bureau of Labor
 Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor reported today.  The February
 level of 212.193 (1982-84=100) was 0.2 percent higher than in February
 2008.
      
      The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers
 (CPI-W) increased 0.5 percent in February, prior to seasonal adjustment.
 The February level of 206.708 (1982-84=100) was 0.3 percent lower than in
 February 2008.
      
      The Chained Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (C-CPI-U)
 increased 0.6 percent in February on a not seasonally adjusted basis.  The
 February level of 121.901 (December 1999=100) was 0.3 percent lower than
 in February 2008.  Please note that the indexes for the post-2007 period
 are subject to revision.
      
 CPI for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U)
      
      On a seasonally adjusted basis, the CPI-U increased 0.4 percent in
 February after rising 0.3 percent in January.  The energy index rose 3.3
 percent in February following a 1.7 percent increase in January as the
 gasoline index rose 8.3 percent in February after a 6.0 percent increase
 in January.  In contrast, the indexes for fuel oil and natural gas both
 declined in February.  About two-thirds of the all items increase was due
 to the rise in the gasoline index.  Compared to the July 2008 peak, the
 energy index was 29.2 percent lower and the gasoline index was down 44.0
 percent.  The food index turned down slightly in February, falling 0.1
 percent.  The food at home index fell 0.4 percent with five of the six
 major grocery store food group indexes posting declines in February.  The
 index for all items less food and energy rose 0.2 percent in February, the
 same (cont.)

     Table A. Percent changes in CPI for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U)
                                                                                  
                                                                                  
                                     Seasonally adjusted                          
                                                                                  
                                                                                  
     Expenditure                                                Compound          
      Category              Changes from preceding month         annual     Un-   
                                                                  rate    adjusted
                                                                 3-mos.   12-mos. 
                      Aug.  Sep.  Oct.  Nov.  Dec.  Jan.  Feb.   ended     ended  
                      2008  2008  2008  2008  2008  2009  2009 Feb. 2009 Feb. 2009
                                                                                                                                                                    
 All items..........    .0    .0   -.8  -1.7   -.8    .3    .4       -.5        .2
  Food and beverages    .6    .5    .4    .2    .1    .1   -.1        .1       4.7
  Housing...........    .0   -.1    .0   -.1    .0    .0    .0        .0       1.9
  Apparel...........    .4   -.3   -.7    .1   -.6    .3   1.3       3.9        .8
  Transportation....   -.9   -.1  -4.8  -9.7  -5.0   1.3   1.9      -7.4     -11.0
  Medical care......    .2    .3    .2    .2    .3    .4    .3       4.3       2.8
  Recreation........    .4    .2    .2    .0   -.2    .0    .4       1.0       1.9
  Education and                                                                   
     communication..    .2    .1    .2    .2    .3    .3    .2       3.3       3.6
  Other goods and                                                                 
     services.......    .2    .2    .3    .0    .0    .3    .2       2.0       3.2
 Special indexes:                                                                 
  Energy............  -2.0  -1.0  -7.8 -16.9  -9.3   1.7   3.3     -17.4     -18.5
  Food..............    .6    .5    .4    .2    .0    .1   -.1        .0       4.8
  All items less                                                                  
     food and energy    .2    .1    .0    .1    .0    .2    .2       1.5       1.8

 increase as in January.  The indexes for new vehicles and apparel
 increased substantially in February, and the indexes for rent and owners'
 equivalent rent increased slightly.  Partly offsetting these increases
 were continuing declines in the indexes for lodging away from home and
 airline fares.
      
      The food and beverages index declined 0.1 percent in February after
 rising 0.1 percent in January.  The food at home index, which declined 0.1
 percent in January, fell 0.4 percent in February.  Within food at home,
 the dairy and related products index fell 2.4 percent in February, with
 the milk index declining 5.7 percent.  The milk index has declined 10.0
 percent over the past year.  The fruits and vegetables index was the only
 major grocery store food group to post an increase, rising 0.4 percent in
 February after declining in each of the past five months.  The other four
 groups posted modest declines, from 0.1 percent for the meats, poultry,
 fish and eggs index to 0.5 percent for the cereals and bakery products
 index.  Over the last year the food at home index has risen 4.8 percent.
 Among the major grocery store food groups, the cereals and bakery products
 index had the largest increase over the past year at 8.9 percent, while
 dairy and related products was the only index to decline, falling 1.7
 percent.  Among the other indexes within the food and beverages major
 group, the food away from home index rose 0.3 percent in February, while
 the index for alcoholic beverages declined 0.2 percent, the first decline
 since December 2005.
      
      The housing index was virtually unchanged in February for the third
 straight month.  The shelter index, which rose 0.2 percent in January, was
 virtually unchanged in February.  The indexes for rent and owners'
 equivalent rent both rose 0.1 percent in February after increasing 0.3
 percent in January.  The lodging away from home index fell 1.8 percent in
 February, the fifth straight monthly decline.  It has declined 5.7 percent
 over the past year.  The index for household energy fell 0.2 percent in
 February and was down 8.1 percent from its July peak.  Within household
 energy, the index for fuel oil fell 3.8 percent and the index for natural
 gas declined 1.6 percent, while the electricity index rose 0.5 percent.
 The index for household furnishings and operations rose 0.2 percent in
 February after declining 0.1 percent in January.  Over the past year, the
 housing index increased 1.9 percent, with the shelter index up 1.7
 percent.
      
      The index for transportation rose 1.9 percent in February after a 1.3
 percent increase in January.  The new and used motor vehicles index rose
 0.5 percent in February.  The new vehicles index increased 0.8 percent in
 February, while the index for used cars and trucks declined 1.7 percent.
 The motor fuel index rose 7.6 percent in February but was down 35.4
 percent over the past year.  The airline fare index fell in February for
 the sixth straight month, declining 2.6 percent, and has fallen 14.0
 percent since August 2008.  The transportation index has declined 11.0
 percent over the past year.
      
      The apparel index rose 1.3 percent in February after increasing 0.3
 percent in January.  The index for men's and boys' apparel rose 2.8
 percent and the index for women's and girls' apparel advanced 0.8 percent.
 (Before seasonal adjustment, apparel prices rose 3.5 percent in February
 and were up 0.8 percent over the past year.)
      
      Among other CPI groups, the medical care index rose 0.3 percent with
 the prescription drug index rising 0.6 percent.  The index for recreation
 rose 0.4 percent as the indexes for toys, for sporting goods, and for
 pets, pet products and services all increased.  The education and
 communication index rose 0.2 percent, with the education index rising 0.4
 percent and the communication index virtually unchanged.  The index for
 other goods and services advanced 0.2 percent with the tobacco and smoking
 products index posting a 0.7 percent increase.
     

 CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W)
 
      On a seasonally adjusted basis, the CPI for Urban Wage Earners and
 Clerical Workers increased 0.4 percent in February.

 Table B. Percent changes in CPI for Urban Wage Earners and
          Clerical Workers (CPI-W)
                                                                                  
                                                                                  
                                     Seasonally adjusted                          
                                                                                  
                                                                                  
     Expenditure                                                Compound          
      Category              Changes from preceding month         annual     Un-   
                                                                  rate    adjusted
                                                                 3-mos.   12-mos. 
                      Aug.  Sep.  Oct.  Nov.  Dec.  Jan.  Feb.   ended     ended  
                      2008  2008  2008  2008  2008  2009  2009 Feb. 2009 Feb. 2009
                                                                                                                                                                    
 All items..........    .0    .0  -1.0  -2.1  -1.0    .3    .4       -.8       -.3
  Food and beverages    .6    .5    .4    .2    .1    .0   -.2       -.2       4.8
  Housing...........    .0   -.1    .0    .0    .0    .0    .1        .4       2.4
  Apparel...........    .6    .0  -1.0    .0   -.6    .6   1.0       4.1        .7
  Transportation....  -1.1   -.1  -5.3 -10.9  -5.6   1.5   2.0      -8.9     -12.9
  Medical care......    .3    .3    .1    .2    .3    .4    .4       4.4       2.8
  Recreation........    .4    .2    .1    .0   -.1    .0    .4       1.3       1.8
  Education and                                                                   
     communication..    .2    .0    .2    .2    .3    .2    .2       2.8       3.4
  Other goods and                                                                 
     services.......    .2    .2    .3    .1    .1    .4    .2       3.0       3.8
 Special indexes:                                                                 
  Energy............  -2.0   -.8  -8.2 -17.8  -9.7   1.9   3.6     -17.6     -19.5
  Food..............    .6    .5    .4    .2    .1    .0   -.2       -.3       4.9
  All items less                                                                  
     food and energy    .2    .1    .0    .1    .0    .2    .2       1.6       1.7

     Consumer Price Index data for March are scheduled for release on
 Wednesday, April 15, 2009, at 8:30 A.M. (EDT).
     
     













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 Brief Explanation of the CPI
      
      The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a measure of the average change in
 prices over time of goods and services purchased by households.  The
 Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes CPIs for two population groups:  (1)
 the CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), which covers
 households of wage earners and clerical workers that comprise
 approximately 32 percent of the total population and (2) the CPI for All
 Urban Consumers (CPI-U) and the Chained CPI for All Urban Consumers (C-CPI-
 U), which cover approximately 87 percent of the total population and
 include in addition to wage earners and clerical worker households, groups
 such as professional, managerial, and technical workers, the self-
 employed, short-term workers, the unemployed, and retirees and others not
 in the labor force.
      
      The CPIs are based on prices of food, clothing, shelter, and fuels,
 transportation fares, charges for doctors' and dentists' services, drugs,
 and other goods and services that people buy for day-to-day living.
 Prices are collected in 87 urban areas across the country from about
 50,000 housing units and approximately 23,000 retail establishments-
 department stores, supermarkets, hospitals, filling stations, and other
 types of stores and service establishments.  All taxes directly associated
 with the purchase and use of items are included in the index.  Prices of
 fuels and a few other items are obtained every month in all 87 locations.
 Prices of most other commodities and services are collected every month in
 the three largest geographic areas and every other month in other areas.
 Prices of most goods and services are obtained by personal visits or
 telephone calls of the Bureau's trained representatives.
      
      In calculating the index, price changes for the various items in each
 location are averaged together with weights, which represent their
 importance in the spending of the appropriate population group.  Local
 data are then combined to obtain a U.S. city average.  For the CPI-U and
 CPI-W separate indexes are also published by size of city, by region of
 the country, for cross-classifications of regions and population-size
 classes, and for 27 local areas.  Area indexes do not measure differences
 in the level of prices among cities; they only measure the average change
 in prices for each area since the base period.  For the C-CPI-U data are
 issued only at the national level.  It is important to note that the CPI-U
 and CPI-W are considered final when released, but the C-CPI-U is issued in
 preliminary form and subject to two annual revisions.
      
      The index measures price change from a designed reference date.  For
 the CPI-U and the CPI-W the reference base is 1982-84 equals 100.0. The
 reference base for the C-CPI-U is December 1999 equals 100.
 An increase of 16.5 percent from the reference base, for example, is shown
 as 116.5.  This change can also be expressed in dollars as follows:  the
 price of a base period market basket of goods and services in the CPI has
 risen from $10 in 1982-84 to $11.65.
      
      For further details visit the CPI home page on the Internet at
 http://www.bls.gov/cpi/ or contact our CPI Information and Analysis
 Section on (202) 691-7000.
      
 
 
 
 
 Note on Sampling Error in the Consumer Price Index
                                     
      The CPI is a statistical estimate that is subject to sampling error
 because it is based upon a sample of retail prices and not the complete
 universe of all prices.  BLS calculates and publishes estimates of the 1-
 month, 2-month, 6-month and 12-month percent change standard errors
 annually, for the CPI-U.  These standard error estimates can be used to
 construct confidence intervals for hypothesis testing.  For example, the
 estimated standard error of the 1 month percent change is 0.06 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 0.12 percent of the 1 month percentage change
 based on all retail prices.  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
 0.08 and 0.32 percent.  For the latest data, including information on how
 to use the estimates of standard error, see "Variance Estimates for
 Changes in the Consumer Price Index, January 2005- December 2005" in the
 CPI Detailed Report, February 2006.  These data are available on the CPI
 home page (http://www.bls.gov/cpi), using the following link
 http://www.bls.gov/cpi/cpivar2006.pdf
      
 
 Calculating Index Changes
 
       Movements of the indexes from one month to another are usually
 expressed as percent changes rather than changes in index points, because
 index point changes are affected by the level of the index in relation to
 its
 base period while percent changes are not.  The example below illustrates
 the computation of index point and percent changes.
      
       Percent changes for 3-month and 6-month periods are expressed as
 annual rates and are computed according to the standard formula for
 compound growth rates.  These data indicate what the percent change would
 be if the current rate were maintained for a 12-month period.
 
 Index Point Change
 
 CPI
 202.416
 Less previous index
 201.800
 Equals index point change
 .616
 
 Percent Change
 
 Index point difference
 .616
 Divided by the previous index
 201.800
 Equals
 0.003
 Results multiplied by one hundred
 0.003x100
 Equals percent change
 0.3
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Regions Defined

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

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




 A Note on Seasonally Adjusted and Unadjusted Data
 
      Because price data are used for different purposes by different
 groups, the Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes seasonally adjusted as
 well as unadjusted changes each month.
      
      For analyzing general price trends in the economy, seasonally
 adjusted changes are usually preferred since they eliminate the effect of
 changes that normally occur at the same time and in about the same
 magnitude every year--such as price movements resulting from changing
 climatic conditions, production cycles, model changeovers, holidays, and
 sales.
      
      The unadjusted data are of primary interest to consumers concerned
 about the prices they actually pay.  Unadjusted data also are used
 extensively for escalation purposes.  Many collective bargaining contract
 agreements and pension plans, for example, tie compensation changes to the
 Consumer Price Index before adjustment for seasonal variation.
      
      Seasonal factors used in computing the seasonally adjusted indexes
 are derived by the X-12-ARIMA Seasonal Adjustment Method.  Seasonally
 adjusted indexes and seasonal factors are computed annually.  Each year,
 the last 5 years of seasonally adjusted data are revised.  Data from
 January 2004 through December 2008 were replaced in January 2009.
 Exceptions to the usual revision schedule were: the updated seasonal data
 at the end of 1977 replaced data from 1967 through 1977; and, in January
 2002, dependently seasonally adjusted series were revised for January 1987-
 December 2001 as a result of a change in the aggregation weights for
 dependently adjusted series. For further information, please see
 "Aggregation of Dependently Adjusted Seasonally Adjusted Series," in the
 October 2001 issue of the CPI Detailed Report.
      
      The seasonal movement of all items and 54 other aggregations is
 derived by combining the seasonal movement of 73 selected components.
 Each year the seasonal status of every series is reevaluated based upon
 certain statistical criteria.  If any of the 73 components change their
 seasonal adjustment status from seasonally adjusted to not seasonally
 adjusted, not seasonally adjusted data will be used in the aggregation of
 the dependent series for the last 5 years, but the seasonally adjusted
 indexes will be used before that period.  Note: 47 of the 73 components
 are seasonally adjusted for 2009.
      
      Seasonally adjusted data, including the all items index levels, are
 subject to revision for up to five years after their original release.
 For this reason, BLS advises against the use of these data in escalation
 agreements.
      
      Effective with the calculation of the seasonal factors for 1990, the
 Bureau of Labor Statistics has used an enhanced seasonal adjustment
 procedure called Intervention Analysis Seasonal Adjustment for some CPI
 series.  Intervention Analysis Seasonal Adjustment allows for better
 estimates of seasonally adjusted data.  Extreme values and/or sharp
 movements which might distort the seasonal pattern are estimated and
 removed from the data prior to calculation of seasonal factors.  Beginning
 with the calculation of seasonal factors for 1996, X-12-ARIMA software was
 used for Intervention Analysis Seasonal Adjustment.
      
      For the seasonal factors introduced in January 2009, BLS adjusted 29
 series using Intervention Analysis Seasonal Adjustment, including selected
 food and beverage items, motor fuels, electricity and vehicles.  For
 example, this procedure was used for the Motor fuel series to offset the
 effects of events such as damage to oil refineries from Hurricane Katrina.
      
      For a complete list of Intervention Analysis Seasonal Adjustment
 series and explanations, please refer to the article "Intervention
 Analysis Seasonal Adjustment", located on our website at
 http://www.bls.gov/cpi/cpisapage.htm.
      
      For additional information on seasonal adjustment in the CPI, please
 write to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Division of Consumer Prices and
 Price Indexes, Washington, DC 20212 or contact Jeff Wilson at (202) 691-
 6968, or by e-mail at Wilson.Jeff@bls.gov.  If you have general questions
 about the CPI, please call our information staff at (202) 691-7000.
     
     
     
     
     
  
  






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 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. 2009    percent change from- 
                     CPI-U                     importance,                            from-                             
                                                 December                                                               
                                                   2008       Jan.       Feb.                      Nov.    Dec.    Jan. 
                                                              2009       2009      Feb.    Jan.     to      to      to  
                                                                                   2008    2009    Dec.    Jan.    Feb. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                        
             Expenditure category                                                                                       
                                                                                                                        
 All items....................................    100.000    211.143    212.193     0.2     0.5    -0.8     0.3     0.4 
 All items (1967=100).........................          -    632.491    635.637       -       -       -       -       - 
                                                                                                                        
  Food and beverages..........................     15.757    219.729    219.333     4.7    -0.2     0.1     0.1    -0.1 
   Food.......................................     14.629    219.675    219.205     4.8    -0.2     0.0     0.1    -0.1 
    Food at home..............................      8.156    219.744    218.389     4.8    -0.6    -0.2    -0.1    -0.4 
     Cereals and bakery products..............      1.150    254.445    254.187     8.9    -0.1     0.5     0.0    -0.5 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs...........      1.898    208.616    207.963     4.1    -0.3    -0.2    -0.1    -0.1 
     Dairy and related products (1)...........       .910    209.632    204.537    -1.7    -2.4    -1.1    -0.6    -2.4 
     Fruits and vegetables....................      1.194    282.601    278.721     2.4    -1.4    -1.6    -1.3     0.4 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                
         materials............................       .982    164.882    164.213     4.1    -0.4     0.1    -0.1    -0.4 
     Other food at home.......................      2.022    192.492    192.404     8.2     0.0     0.7     0.6    -0.3 
      Sugar and sweets........................       .300    197.429    196.676     8.9    -0.4     0.9     1.5     0.0 
      Fats and oils...........................       .241    206.886    205.359    11.1    -0.7     1.0    -1.9    -1.1 
      Other foods.............................      1.481    206.343    206.621     7.6     0.1     0.6     0.8    -0.2 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)......       .433    124.012    122.580     3.7    -1.2     0.2     0.2    -1.2 
    Food away from home (1)...................      6.474    221.319    221.968     4.8     0.3     0.3     0.3     0.3 
     Other food away from home (1) (2)........       .314    153.402    154.726     4.3     0.9     0.1    -0.4     0.9 
   Alcoholic beverages........................      1.127    219.113    219.682     3.6     0.3     0.5     0.2    -0.2 
                                                                                                                        
  Housing.....................................     43.421    216.928    217.180     1.9     0.1     0.0     0.0     0.0 
   Shelter....................................     33.200    248.292    248.878     1.7     0.2     0.0     0.2     0.0 
    Rent of primary residence (3).............      5.957    247.974    248.305     3.3     0.1     0.2     0.3     0.1 
    Lodging away from home (2)................      2.478    133.559    135.809    -5.7     1.7    -0.6    -1.1    -1.8 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                  
        residence (3) (4).....................     24.433    255.500    255.779     2.1     0.1     0.1     0.3     0.1 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)..       .333    120.402    120.683     2.6     0.2    -0.2     0.3     0.2 
   Fuels and utilities........................      5.431    215.232    213.520     3.8    -0.8    -0.4    -0.7    -0.1 
    Household energy..........................      4.460    194.149    192.168     3.3    -1.0    -0.5    -0.9    -0.2 
     Fuel oil and other fuels.................       .301    247.163    242.264   -21.4    -2.0    -8.4    -2.7    -1.8 
     Gas (piped) and electricity (3)..........      4.159    199.791    197.886     5.6    -1.0     0.1    -0.8     0.0 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                
        services (2)..........................       .971    157.275    157.638     5.8     0.2     0.3     0.2     0.1 
   Household furnishings and operations.......      4.790    128.761    129.170     1.9     0.3     0.1    -0.1     0.2 
    Household operations (1) (2)..............       .781    150.438    150.156     4.6    -0.2     0.5    -0.2    -0.2 
                                                                                                                        
  Apparel.....................................      3.691    114.764    118.825     0.8     3.5    -0.6     0.3     1.3 
   Men's and boys' apparel....................       .923    110.797    115.202     2.0     4.0    -0.5     1.6     2.8 
   Women's and girls' apparel.................      1.541    100.638    105.777    -0.5     5.1    -1.0     0.2     0.8 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel.............       .183    112.321    113.544    -1.9     1.1    -0.3     0.5    -1.1 
   Footwear...................................       .688    122.363    124.301     1.6     1.6    -0.4    -0.2     0.7 
                                                                                                                        
  Transportation..............................     15.314    166.738    169.542   -11.0     1.7    -5.0     1.3     1.9 
   Private transportation.....................     14.189    161.788    164.871   -11.6     1.9    -5.2     1.5     2.2 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)...........      6.931     91.831     92.224    -2.5     0.4    -0.3     0.2     0.5 
     New vehicles.............................      4.480    133.273    134.186    -1.5     0.7    -0.3     0.3     0.8 
     Used cars and trucks.....................      1.628    124.863    122.837   -10.5    -1.6    -0.7    -0.8    -1.7 
    Motor fuel................................      3.164    156.604    167.395   -35.4     6.9   -18.8     5.3     7.6 
     Gasoline (all types).....................      2.964    154.488    166.118   -35.6     7.5   -19.3     6.0     8.3 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1).....       .382    133.414    134.108     7.1     0.5     0.1     0.3     0.5 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair (1)..      1.188    241.076    241.689     5.7     0.3     0.1     0.7     0.3 
   Public transportation......................      1.125    234.394    231.529    -1.8    -1.2    -1.4    -1.8    -1.9 
                                                                                                                        
  Medical care................................      6.390    369.830    372.405     2.8     0.7     0.3     0.4     0.3 
   Medical care commodities...................      1.625    299.998    302.184     2.0     0.7     0.4     0.4     0.6 
   Medical care services......................      4.765    391.365    394.047     3.1     0.7     0.2     0.5     0.3 
    Professional services.....................      2.702    315.603    316.992     2.9     0.4     0.2     0.3     0.1 
    Hospital and related services (3).........      1.545    551.305    558.373     5.8     1.3     0.5     0.8     0.8 
                                                                                                                        
  Recreation (2)..............................      5.741    113.822    114.461     1.9     0.6    -0.2     0.0     0.4 
   Video and audio (2)........................      1.822    101.347    101.704    -1.4     0.4     0.1    -0.5     0.0 
                                                                                                                        
  Education and communication (2).............      6.301    126.151    126.190     3.6     0.0     0.3     0.3     0.2 
   Education (2)..............................      3.107    187.175    187.256     5.5     0.0     0.5     0.3     0.4 
    Educational books and supplies............       .221    468.432    469.996     7.0     0.3     0.5     0.3     0.3 
    Tuition, other school fees, and childcare       2.886    538.765    538.878     5.4     0.0     0.5     0.3     0.5 
   Communication (2)..........................      3.194     84.928     84.945     1.9     0.0     0.2     0.2     0.0 
    Information and information processing (1)                                                                          
        (2)...................................      3.022     82.030     82.052     1.8     0.0     0.2     0.2     0.0 
     Telephone services (1) (2)...............      2.408    101.880    101.895     3.1     0.0     0.1     0.2     0.0 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                               
         services (1) (5).....................       .614      9.919      9.926    -3.2     0.1     0.4     0.1     0.1 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                 
          equipment (1) (6)...................       .214     88.522     87.696   -12.8    -0.9    -0.5     0.0    -0.9 
                                                                                                                        
  Other goods and services....................      3.386    350.259    351.223     3.2     0.3     0.0     0.3     0.2 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)...........       .776    607.403    611.549     6.3     0.7     0.5     0.8     0.7 
   Personal care..............................      2.610    203.080    203.391     2.4     0.2    -0.1     0.1     0.0 
    Personal care products (1)................       .651    162.588    162.508     3.1     0.0     0.2     0.7     0.0 
    Personal care services (1)................       .647    225.734    225.895     2.3     0.1     0.0    -0.2     0.1 
    Miscellaneous personal services...........      1.074    340.608    341.188     2.2     0.2     0.0     0.0     0.1 
                                                                                                                        
          Commodity and service group                                                                                   
                                                                                                                        
 Commodities..................................     39.556    164.360    165.891    -3.3     0.9    -2.1     0.5     0.9 
  Food and beverages..........................     15.757    219.729    219.333     4.7    -0.2     0.1     0.1    -0.1 
  Commodities less food and beverages.........     23.799    136.427    138.702    -7.9     1.7    -3.5     0.8     1.5 
   Nondurables less food and beverages........     13.289    162.938    167.560   -11.5     2.8    -5.8     1.7     2.8 
    Apparel...................................      3.691    114.764    118.825     0.8     3.5    -0.6     0.3     1.3 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                               
        apparel...............................      9.598    196.490    201.554   -15.4     2.6    -7.5     2.3     3.3 
   Durables...................................     10.510    109.025    109.221    -2.6     0.2    -0.4    -0.1     0.1 
 Services.....................................     60.444    257.780    258.328     2.7     0.2     0.1     0.1     0.1 
  Rent of shelter (4).........................     32.867    258.830    259.440     1.7     0.2     0.1     0.2    -0.1 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)....       .333    120.402    120.683     2.6     0.2    -0.2     0.3     0.2 
  Gas (piped) and electricity (3).............      4.159    199.791    197.886     5.6    -1.0     0.1    -0.8     0.0 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                  
      services (2)............................       .971    157.275    157.638     5.8     0.2     0.3     0.2     0.1 
  Household operations (1) (2)................       .781    150.438    150.156     4.6    -0.2     0.5    -0.2    -0.2 
  Transportation services.....................      5.567    247.006    248.114     4.3     0.4     0.0     0.3     0.4 
  Medical care services.......................      4.765    391.365    394.047     3.1     0.7     0.2     0.5     0.3 
  Other services..............................     11.002    300.614    301.471     3.5     0.3     0.2     0.1     0.3 
                                                                                                                        
                Special indexes                                                                                         
                                                                                                                        
 All items less food..........................     85.371    209.777    211.076    -0.5     0.6    -0.9     0.3     0.5 
 All items less shelter.......................     66.800    198.936    200.184    -0.5     0.6    -1.2     0.3     0.6 
 All items less medical care..................     93.610    203.281    204.265     0.1     0.5    -0.9     0.3     0.4 
 Commodities less food........................     24.926    139.258    141.491    -7.4     1.6    -3.3     0.8     1.4 
 Nondurables less food........................     14.416    166.282    170.665   -10.5     2.6    -5.3     1.6     2.6 
 Nondurables less food and apparel............     10.726    197.704    202.323   -13.8     2.3    -6.6     2.1     3.0 
 Nondurables..................................     29.046    190.649    192.943    -3.5     1.2    -2.5     0.8     1.2 
 Services less rent of shelter (4)............     27.577    276.227    276.739     4.0     0.2     0.3     0.1     0.2 
 Services less medical care services..........     55.679    247.013    247.439     2.7     0.2     0.1     0.1     0.0 
 Energy.......................................      7.624    174.622    178.741   -18.5     2.4    -9.3     1.7     3.3 
 All items less energy........................     92.376    216.586    217.325     2.2     0.3     0.0     0.2     0.1 
  All items less food and energy..............     77.746    216.719    217.685     1.8     0.4     0.0     0.2     0.2 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                     
       commodities............................     21.461    139.111    140.270     0.0     0.8    -0.2     0.1     0.4 
    Energy commodities........................      3.465    162.395    172.428   -34.6     6.2   -18.0     4.6     6.9 
   Services less energy services..............     56.285    263.759    264.547     2.5     0.3     0.1     0.2     0.1 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1982-84=$1.00)..........................          -     $ .474     $ .471       -       -       -       -       - 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1967=$1.00).............................          -     $ .158     $ .157       -       -       -       -       - 

   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.                                                  
                                               2008      2008      2009      2009                                                  
                                                                                      May     Aug.    Nov.    Feb.    Aug.    Feb. 
                                                                                      2008    2008    2008    2009    2008    2009 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                   
            Expenditure category                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
 All items.................................  213.263   211.577   212.174   213.007     4.2     6.7    -9.4    -0.5     5.4    -5.0 
                                                                                                                                   
  Food and beverages.......................  219.023   219.181   219.309   219.076     5.7     8.7     4.6     0.1     7.2     2.3 
   Food....................................  218.988   219.082   219.193   218.970     6.0     9.0     4.5     0.0     7.5     2.2 
    Food at home...........................  219.515   219.179   218.879   217.968     7.5    11.6     3.6    -2.8     9.5     0.4 
     Cereals and bakery products...........  254.287   255.655   255.719   254.347    17.5     9.5     9.2     0.1    13.5     4.5 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs........  209.204   208.726   208.536   208.389     3.9    10.9     3.9    -1.5     7.3     1.1 
     Dairy and related products (1)........  213.102   210.838   209.632   204.537    -0.7    14.1    -3.0   -15.1     6.4    -9.3 
     Fruits and vegetables.................  282.374   277.783   274.270   275.374     9.9    23.1   -10.1    -9.6    16.3    -9.8 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                           
         materials.........................  163.799   164.038   163.804   163.173     4.1     4.4     9.5    -1.5     4.3     3.9 
     Other food at home....................  190.551   191.809   192.914   192.419    10.1     9.1     9.7     4.0     9.6     6.8 
      Sugar and sweets.....................  192.364   194.164   197.086   196.990     9.5     5.2    11.0    10.0     7.3    10.5 
      Fats and oils........................  207.855   209.848   205.904   203.729    21.3    23.7     9.9    -7.7    22.5     0.7 
      Other foods..........................  204.429   205.566   207.193   206.838     8.5     7.6     9.4     4.8     8.1     7.1 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)...  123.543   123.791   124.012   122.580     1.9     7.9     8.6    -3.1     4.9     2.6 
    Food away from home (1)................  220.043   220.684   221.319   221.968     4.0     5.9     5.6     3.5     5.0     4.6 
     Other food away from home (1) (2).....  153.978   154.062   153.402   154.726     3.5     4.0     7.7     2.0     3.7     4.8 
   Alcoholic beverages.....................  218.167   219.154   219.504   219.141     3.1     4.0     5.6     1.8     3.5     3.7 
                                                                                                                                   
  Housing..................................  217.622   217.592   217.646   217.621     4.6     4.1    -0.7     0.0     4.3    -0.4 
   Shelter.................................  248.455   248.519   248.938   248.881     1.9     2.3     1.8     0.7     2.1     1.3 
    Rent of primary residence (3)..........  246.480   246.928   247.744   248.087     3.1     4.1     3.4     2.6     3.6     3.0 
    Lodging away from home (2).............  141.484   140.600   139.122   136.561    -2.6    -0.9    -5.9   -13.2    -1.7    -9.6 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                             
        residence (3) (4)..................  254.522   254.683   255.349   255.687     2.1     2.2     2.3     1.8     2.2     2.1 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1)                                                                                           
        (2)................................  120.232   120.019   120.402   120.683     2.7     0.5     5.8     1.5     1.6     3.6 
   Fuels and utilities.....................  219.934   219.092   217.515   217.260    24.5    16.6   -16.1    -4.8    20.5   -10.6 
    Household energy.......................  199.606   198.564   196.727   196.415    29.0    18.1   -20.1    -6.2    23.4   -13.4 
     Fuel oil and other fuels..............  287.529   263.242   256.210   251.478    53.3     1.9   -58.3   -41.5    25.0   -50.6 
     Gas (piped) and electricity (3).......  203.527   203.746   202.120   202.043    26.8    19.8   -15.5    -2.9    23.3    -9.4 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                           
        services (2).......................  156.219   156.646   157.027   157.141     4.8     9.4     6.5     2.4     7.1     4.4 
   Household furnishings and operations....  128.735   128.910   128.759   129.008     2.5     2.6     1.7     0.9     2.5     1.3 
    Household operations (1) (2)...........  149.998   150.689   150.438   150.156    10.0     6.2     2.2     0.4     8.1     1.3 
                                                                                                                                   
  Apparel..................................  118.905   118.221   118.523   120.039    -2.3     5.6    -3.5     3.9     1.6     0.1 
   Men's and boys' apparel.................  112.064   111.478   113.210   116.328    -0.4    -2.2    -4.2    16.1    -1.3     5.5 
   Women's and girls' apparel..............  107.286   106.214   106.470   107.374    -7.2    14.6    -8.2     0.3     3.1    -4.1 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel..........  113.858   113.474   114.014   112.796    -4.8    -5.4     6.7    -3.7    -5.1     1.4 
   Footwear................................  125.046   124.534   124.325   125.209     3.1    -0.3     3.0     0.5     1.4     1.7 
                                                                                                                                   
  Transportation...........................  176.111   167.353   169.489   172.759     4.8    15.6   -45.7    -7.4    10.1   -29.1 
   Private transportation..................  170.921   161.950   164.414   168.067     3.8    15.2   -47.1    -6.5     9.3   -29.7 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)........   91.614    91.321    91.534    91.997    -2.2    -2.4    -6.9     1.7    -2.3    -2.7 
     New vehicles..........................  132.190   131.766   132.132   133.199    -1.4    -1.3    -6.3     3.1    -1.4    -1.7 
     Used cars and trucks..................  127.738   126.872   125.893   123.757    -5.1    -8.6   -16.0   -11.9    -6.9   -14.0 
    Motor fuel.............................  197.861   160.675   169.176   182.030    10.9    45.5   -85.0   -28.4    27.0   -67.2 
     Gasoline (all types)..................  195.185   157.460   166.839   180.685     9.9    45.7   -85.4   -26.6    26.5   -67.2 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1)..  132.947   133.077   133.414   134.108     5.2    11.5     8.3     3.5     8.3     5.9 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair                                                                                           
        (1)................................  239.048   239.356   241.076   241.689     5.3     7.8     5.0     4.5     6.6     4.8 
   Public transportation...................  246.856   243.444   239.071   234.648    21.6    21.4   -22.7   -18.4    21.5   -20.6 
                                                                                                                                   
  Medical care.............................  367.299   368.302   369.914   371.175     2.0     2.3     2.7     4.3     2.2     3.5 
   Medical care commodities................  297.631   298.814   299.887   301.710    -1.4     0.8     3.3     5.6    -0.3     4.4 
   Medical care services...................  388.825   389.723   391.533   392.512     3.2     2.8     2.5     3.8     3.0     3.2 
    Professional services..................  314.450   315.052   316.115   316.299     3.8     3.0     2.6     2.4     3.4     2.5 
    Hospital and related services (3)......  543.141   545.921   550.035   554.315     5.0     5.5     4.2     8.5     5.2     6.3 
                                                                                                                                   
  Recreation (2)...........................  114.196   114.002   114.022   114.492     1.3     3.6     1.5     1.0     2.5     1.3 
   Video and audio (2).....................  102.128   102.189   101.677   101.630    -2.2     0.3    -1.8    -1.9    -1.0    -1.9 
                                                                                                                                   
  Education and communication (2)..........  125.166   125.567   125.900   126.187     4.2     4.9     2.2     3.3     4.5     2.7 
   Education (2)...........................  184.945   185.829   186.426   187.249     5.9     6.2     4.9     5.1     6.0     5.0 
    Educational books and supplies.........  462.974   465.315   466.752   468.101     6.9    12.8     4.2     4.5     9.8     4.4 
    Tuition, other school fees, and                                                                                                
        childcare..........................  532.337   534.870   536.592   539.023     5.8     5.7     5.0     5.1     5.8     5.1 
   Communication (2).......................   84.604    84.746    84.926    84.944     2.6     3.7    -0.4     1.6     3.2     0.6 
    Information and information processing                                                                                         
        (1) (2)............................   81.723    81.886    82.030    82.052     2.2     3.7    -0.4     1.6     2.9     0.6 
     Telephone services (1) (2)............  101.538   101.688   101.880   101.895     4.3     5.8     0.9     1.4     5.0     1.2 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                                          
         services (1) (5)..................    9.867     9.906     9.919     9.926    -5.2    -4.1    -5.7     2.4    -4.6    -1.7 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                            
          equipment (1) (6)................   88.984    88.529    88.522    87.696   -13.3   -15.9   -15.9    -5.7   -14.6   -10.9 
                                                                                                                                   
  Other goods and services.................  349.385   349.529   350.529   351.139     4.7     4.3     1.9     2.0     4.5     2.0 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)........  599.820   602.644   607.403   611.549     4.2    11.6     1.7     8.1     7.8     4.8 
   Personal care...........................  203.181   203.007   203.284   203.328     4.9     2.3     2.0     0.3     3.6     1.2 
    Personal care products (1).............  161.000   161.397   162.588   162.508     2.9     1.2     4.5     3.8     2.0     4.1 
    Personal care services (1).............  226.197   226.281   225.734   225.895     5.2     0.9     3.7    -0.5     3.0     1.6 
    Miscellaneous personal services........  341.188   341.063   341.123   341.519     5.4     3.4    -0.2     0.4     4.4     0.1 
                                                                                                                                   
        Commodity and service group                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                   
 Commodities...............................  168.455   164.891   165.772   167.199     3.6     9.6   -21.8    -2.9     6.5   -12.9 
  Food and beverages.......................  219.023   219.181   219.309   219.076     5.7     8.7     4.6     0.1     7.2     2.3 
  Commodities less food and beverages......  142.365   137.385   138.547   140.611     2.4    10.1   -34.2    -4.8     6.2   -20.9 
   Nondurables less food and beverages.....  175.495   165.287   168.119   172.896     9.7    18.3   -49.9    -5.8    13.9   -31.3 
    Apparel................................  118.905   118.221   118.523   120.039    -2.3     5.6    -3.5     3.9     1.6     0.1 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                                          
        apparel............................  214.232   198.177   202.707   209.390    12.9    22.4   -59.4    -8.7    17.6   -39.1 
   Durables................................  109.345   108.961   108.857   108.993    -2.0    -1.4    -5.5    -1.3    -1.7    -3.4 
 Services..................................  257.841   258.073   258.406   258.654     4.6     4.7     0.4     1.3     4.6     0.8 
  Rent of shelter (4)......................  259.074   259.268   259.773   259.487     1.7     2.2     2.1     0.6     2.0     1.4 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)   120.232   120.019   120.402   120.683     2.7     0.5     5.8     1.5     1.6     3.6 
  Gas (piped) and electricity (3)..........  203.527   203.746   202.120   202.043    26.8    19.8   -15.5    -2.9    23.3    -9.4 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                             
      services (2).........................  156.219   156.646   157.027   157.141     4.8     9.4     6.5     2.4     7.1     4.4 
  Household operations (1) (2).............  149.998   150.689   150.438   150.156    10.0     6.2     2.2     0.4     8.1     1.3 
  Transportation services..................  246.922   246.912   247.648   248.567     7.3     9.0    -1.6     2.7     8.2     0.5 
  Medical care services....................  388.825   389.723   391.533   392.512     3.2     2.8     2.5     3.8     3.0     3.2 
  Other services...........................  299.430   300.093   300.534   301.506     4.2     4.6     2.2     2.8     4.4     2.5 
                                                                                                                                   
              Special indexes                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                   
 All items less food.......................  212.356   210.379   211.055   212.061     3.9     6.4   -11.5    -0.6     5.1    -6.2 
 All items less shelter....................  201.862   199.458   200.133   201.331     5.3     8.9   -14.3    -1.0     7.1    -7.9 
 All items less medical care...............  205.557   203.785   204.338   205.148     4.3     7.0   -10.1    -0.8     5.7    -5.6 
 Commodities less food.....................  145.017   140.192   141.335   143.336     2.4     9.9   -32.9    -4.6     6.0   -20.0 
 Nondurables less food.....................  177.942   168.525   171.218   175.672     9.6    17.1   -47.5    -5.0    13.3   -29.4 
 Nondurables less food and apparel.........  213.399   199.276   203.422   209.425    12.3    20.7   -56.1    -7.2    16.5   -36.2 
 Nondurables...............................  196.837   191.854   193.462   195.833     8.4    12.9   -27.8    -2.0    10.6   -15.9 
 Services less rent of shelter (4).........  276.182   276.902   277.056   277.608     7.6     7.5    -1.0     2.1     7.5     0.5 
 Services less medical care services.......  247.277   247.630   247.839   247.947     4.4     4.7     0.5     1.1     4.6     0.8 
 Energy....................................  197.086   178.835   181.938   187.901    18.3    33.2   -67.0   -17.4    25.5   -47.8 
 All items less energy.....................  216.604   216.630   216.970   217.276     2.6     3.9     1.2     1.2     3.3     1.2 
  All items less food and energy...........  216.868   216.882   217.265   217.670     2.1     3.0     0.6     1.5     2.5     1.1 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                                
       commodities.........................  139.870   139.578   139.745   140.300    -0.6     1.4    -2.2     1.2     0.4    -0.5 
    Energy commodities.....................  203.872   167.125   174.862   186.872    13.1    42.3   -83.9   -29.4    26.9   -66.3 
   Services less energy services...........  263.463   263.696   264.221   264.500     3.1     3.6     1.7     1.6     3.4     1.6 

   1 Not seasonally adjusted.
   2 Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
   3 This index series was calculated using a Laspeyres estimator.  All other item stratum index series were calculated using a
 geometric means estimator.
   4 Indexes on a December 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. 2009 from--   Jan. 2009 from-- 
                                              schedule                                                                            
                                                 (1)      Nov.      Dec.      Jan.      Feb.                                      
                                                          2008      2008      2009      2009    Feb.  Dec.  Jan.  Jan.  Nov.  Dec.
                                                                                                2008  2008  2009  2008  2008  2008
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                  
 U.S. city average...........................    M      212.425   210.228   211.143   212.193   0.2   0.9   0.5   0.0  -0.6   0.4 
                                                                                                                                  
           Region and area size(2)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Northeast urban.............................    M      227.236   225.091   225.436   226.754   0.7   0.7   0.6   0.5  -0.8   0.2 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      229.625   227.681   227.852   229.262   0.8   0.7   0.6   0.7  -0.8   0.1 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      134.445   132.830   133.308   133.967   0.3   0.9   0.5   0.0  -0.8   0.4 
                                                                                                                                  
 Midwest urban...............................    M      201.737   199.582   200.815   201.453  -0.2   0.9   0.3  -0.3  -0.5   0.6 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      202.922   200.465   202.001   202.639  -0.3   1.1   0.3  -0.4  -0.5   0.8 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      129.018   128.018   128.636   129.057   0.1   0.8   0.3  -0.1  -0.3   0.5 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      197.883   195.383   195.843   196.421  -0.6   0.5   0.3  -0.4  -1.0   0.2 
                                                                                                                                  
 South urban.................................    M      205.559   203.501   204.288   205.343   0.1   0.9   0.5  -0.1  -0.6   0.4 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      208.644   206.414   207.035   207.929   0.2   0.7   0.4  -0.1  -0.8   0.3 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      130.324   129.099   129.615   130.380   0.0   1.0   0.6  -0.2  -0.5   0.4 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      206.659   204.428   205.766   206.671   0.7   1.1   0.4   0.6  -0.4   0.7 
                                                                                                                                  
 West urban..................................    M      217.113   214.685   215.923   217.095   0.3   1.1   0.5   0.1  -0.5   0.6 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      220.925   218.698   219.806   220.955   0.5   1.0   0.5   0.4  -0.5   0.5 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      131.440   129.725   130.682   131.636   0.1   1.5   0.7  -0.5  -0.6   0.7 
                                                                                                                                  
                 Size classes                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                  
   A (4).....................................    M      194.628   192.646   193.412   194.354   0.3   0.9   0.5   0.2  -0.6   0.4 
   B/C (3)...................................    M      130.857   129.519   130.135   130.855   0.1   1.0   0.6  -0.2  -0.6   0.5 
   D.........................................    M      204.856   202.359   203.409   203.999   0.1   0.8   0.3   0.1  -0.7   0.5 
                                                                                                                                  
           Selected local areas(5)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Chicago-Gary-Kenosha, IL-IN-WI..............    M      209.053   205.959   207.616   207.367  -1.0   0.7  -0.1  -0.5  -0.7   0.8 
 Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA.....    M      222.229   219.620   220.719   221.439   0.0   0.8   0.3  -0.1  -0.7   0.5 
 New York-Northern N.J.-Long Island,                                                                                              
     NY-NJ-CT-PA.............................    M      234.498   233.012   233.402   234.663   1.6   0.7   0.5   1.5  -0.5   0.2 
                                                                                                                                  
 Boston-Brockton-Nashua, MA-NH-ME-CT.........    1      232.354         -   230.806         -     -     -     -  -0.5  -0.7     - 
 Cleveland-Akron, OH.........................    1      198.187         -   198.232         -     -     -     -  -0.7   0.0     - 
 Dallas-Fort Worth, TX.......................    1      200.051         -   198.623         -     -     -     -   0.8  -0.7     - 
 Washington-Baltimore, DC-MD-VA-WV (6).......    1      138.547         -   137.598         -     -     -     -   1.0  -0.7     - 
                                                                                                                                  
 Atlanta, GA.................................    2            -   196.961         -   199.190  -2.4   1.1     -     -     -     - 
 Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint, MI.................    2            -   197.991         -   201.913  -0.2   2.0     -     -     -     - 
 Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, TX..............    2            -   185.930         -   187.972   0.2   1.1     -     -     -     - 
 Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL...................    2            -   218.324         -   220.589   0.7   1.0     -     -     -     - 
 Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City,                                                                                           
     PA-NJ-DE-MD.............................    2            -   218.186         -   220.262  -0.3   1.0     -     -     -     - 
 San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA..........    2            -   218.528         -   222.166   1.2   1.7     -     -     -     - 
 Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton, WA................    2            -   222.580         -   224.737   1.4   1.0     -     -     -     - 

   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. 2009    percent change from- 
                     CPI-W                     importance,                            from-                             
                                                 December                                                               
                                                   2008       Jan.       Feb.                      Nov.    Dec.    Jan. 
                                                              2009       2009      Feb.    Jan.     to      to      to  
                                                                                   2008    2009    Dec.    Jan.    Feb. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
                                                                                                                        
             Expenditure category                                                                                       
                                                                                                                        
 All items....................................    100.000    205.700    206.708    -0.3     0.5    -1.0     0.3     0.4 
 All items (1967=100).........................          -    612.719    615.719       -       -       -       -       - 
                                                                                                                        
  Food and beverages..........................     16.942    219.123    218.645     4.8    -0.2     0.1     0.0    -0.2 
   Food.......................................     15.865    218.998    218.449     4.9    -0.3     0.1     0.0    -0.2 
    Food at home..............................      9.201    218.485    217.111     4.8    -0.6    -0.1    -0.2    -0.5 
     Cereals and bakery products..............      1.249    255.055    254.775     8.9    -0.1     0.5     0.0    -0.6 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs...........      2.315    208.161    207.656     4.3    -0.2    -0.2    -0.2     0.0 
     Dairy and related products (1)...........       .992    208.530    203.023    -2.3    -2.6    -1.1    -0.7    -2.6 
     Fruits and vegetables....................      1.266    279.906    275.884     2.6    -1.4    -1.6    -1.3     0.2 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                
         materials............................      1.167    164.514    163.821     4.0    -0.4     0.1    -0.2    -0.3 
     Other food at home.......................      2.212    191.782    191.620     8.0    -0.1     0.6     0.6    -0.3 
      Sugar and sweets........................       .304    195.867    195.395     8.7    -0.2     0.9     1.2     0.0 
      Fats and oils...........................       .274    207.400    206.185    11.3    -0.6     0.8    -2.0    -0.9 
      Other foods.............................      1.634    206.490    206.547     7.3     0.0     0.5     0.9    -0.3 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)......       .472    124.477    122.994     3.5    -1.2     0.2     0.3    -1.2 
    Food away from home (1)...................      6.664    221.497    222.101     5.0     0.3     0.3     0.3     0.3 
     Other food away from home (1) (2)........       .233    153.397    154.520     5.2     0.7     0.1    -0.2     0.7 
   Alcoholic beverages........................      1.077    219.458    220.029     3.5     0.3     0.5     0.1    -0.2 
                                                                                                                        
  Housing.....................................     41.313    213.078    213.192     2.4     0.1     0.0     0.0     0.1 
   Shelter....................................     31.224    241.651    242.051     2.1     0.2     0.1     0.2     0.1 
    Rent of primary residence (3).............      8.279    246.696    246.991     3.2     0.1     0.2     0.3     0.1 
    Lodging away from home (2)................      1.209    134.235    136.255    -4.7     1.5    -0.5    -1.1    -1.6 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                  
        residence (3) (4).....................     21.430    231.503    231.746     2.1     0.1     0.1     0.3     0.1 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)..       .306    120.715    120.960     2.6     0.2    -0.2     0.3     0.2 
   Fuels and utilities........................      6.030    213.882    212.353     4.3    -0.7    -0.3    -0.8     0.0 
    Household energy..........................      4.996    191.852    190.110     4.0    -0.9    -0.4    -1.0     0.0 
     Fuel oil and other fuels.................       .283    251.976    246.781   -19.8    -2.1    -7.8    -2.1    -2.3 
     Gas (piped) and electricity (3)..........      4.713    197.703    196.040     5.8    -0.8     0.1    -1.0     0.1 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                
        services (2)..........................      1.035    157.733    158.069     5.9     0.2     0.2     0.2     0.1 
   Household furnishings and operations.......      4.059    124.454    124.865     1.9     0.3     0.0    -0.1     0.2 
    Household operations (1) (2)..............       .360    152.273    152.168     4.3    -0.1     0.4    -0.4    -0.1 
                                                                                                                        
  Apparel.....................................      3.979    114.969    118.766     0.7     3.3    -0.6     0.6     1.0 
   Men's and boys' apparel....................      1.024    111.879    116.332     2.4     4.0    -0.5     2.0     2.8 
   Women's and girls' apparel.................      1.568    100.751    105.538    -0.9     4.8    -1.1     0.6     0.4 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel.............       .249    114.775    116.001    -2.1     1.1    -0.5     0.5    -0.8 
   Footwear...................................       .840    122.753    124.494     1.7     1.4    -0.2     0.0     0.6 
                                                                                                                        
  Transportation..............................     17.067    163.215    165.976   -12.9     1.7    -5.6     1.5     2.0 
   Private transportation.....................     16.284    159.719    162.645   -13.4     1.8    -5.8     1.6     2.1 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)...........      7.627     89.774     89.728    -4.2    -0.1    -0.4     0.1     0.0 
     New vehicles.............................      4.057    134.490    135.248    -1.6     0.6    -0.3     0.4     0.7 
     Used cars and trucks.....................      2.863    125.485    123.443   -10.6    -1.6    -0.6    -0.8    -1.7 
    Motor fuel................................      4.029    157.265    168.028   -35.5     6.8   -18.7     5.3     7.5 
     Gasoline (all types).....................      3.770    155.204    166.831   -35.6     7.5   -19.1     6.0     8.2 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1).....       .482    133.645    134.264     7.2     0.5     0.1     0.3     0.5 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair (1)..      1.242    243.594    244.219     5.6     0.3     0.1     0.7     0.3 
   Public transportation......................       .784    232.422    229.404    -2.0    -1.3    -1.4    -1.5    -2.0 
                                                                                                                        
  Medical care................................      5.355    370.001    372.630     2.8     0.7     0.3     0.4     0.4 
   Medical care commodities...................      1.320    291.710    293.917     1.9     0.8     0.4     0.3     0.6 
   Medical care services......................      4.035    392.831    395.563     3.1     0.7     0.2     0.5     0.3 
    Professional services.....................      2.234    318.110    319.663     3.0     0.5     0.2     0.3     0.1 
    Hospital and related services (3).........      1.338    547.655    554.390     5.9     1.2     0.5     0.8     0.7 
                                                                                                                        
  Recreation (2)..............................      5.454    110.630    111.257     1.8     0.6    -0.1     0.0     0.4 
   Video and audio (2)........................      1.982    101.488    101.857    -1.1     0.4     0.1    -0.5     0.1 
                                                                                                                        
  Education and communication (2).............      6.221    122.025    122.092     3.4     0.1     0.3     0.2     0.2 
   Education (2)..............................      2.527    184.642    184.765     5.5     0.1     0.5     0.2     0.4 
    Educational books and supplies............       .219    471.061    473.012     7.0     0.4     0.5     0.2     0.5 
    Tuition, other school fees, and childcare       2.308    519.987    520.159     5.4     0.0     0.5     0.2     0.4 
   Communication (2)..........................      3.694     87.599     87.640     2.0     0.0     0.2     0.2     0.0 
    Information and information processing (1)                                                                          
        (2)...................................      3.568     85.581     85.624     1.9     0.1     0.2     0.1     0.1 
     Telephone services (1) (2)...............      2.965    101.876    101.890     3.0     0.0     0.2     0.2     0.0 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                               
         services (1) (5).....................       .604     10.418     10.442    -2.9     0.2     0.4     0.1     0.2 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                 
          equipment (1) (6)...................       .202     88.178     87.622   -12.9    -0.6    -0.5     0.0    -0.6 
                                                                                                                        
  Other goods and services....................      3.668    364.333    365.522     3.8     0.3     0.1     0.4     0.2 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)...........      1.267    610.503    615.012     6.5     0.7     0.5     0.8     0.7 
   Personal care..............................      2.401    201.209    201.426     2.5     0.1     0.0     0.1     0.0 
    Personal care products (1)................       .662    162.683    162.543     3.0    -0.1     0.2     0.9    -0.1 
    Personal care services (1)................       .580    225.951    226.088     2.1     0.1     0.1    -0.3     0.1 
    Miscellaneous personal services...........       .947    343.022    343.443     2.6     0.1     0.1    -0.1     0.0 
                                                                                                                        
          Commodity and service group                                                                                   
                                                                                                                        
 Commodities..................................     42.689    165.151    166.673    -4.3     0.9    -2.4     0.6     0.8 
  Food and beverages..........................     16.942    219.123    218.645     4.8    -0.2     0.1     0.0    -0.2 
  Commodities less food and beverages.........     25.747    137.932    140.235    -9.3     1.7    -4.0     1.1     1.5 
   Nondurables less food and beverages........     14.587    166.694    171.698   -13.1     3.0    -6.3     2.2     3.1 
    Apparel...................................      3.979    114.969    118.766     0.7     3.3    -0.6     0.6     1.0 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                               
        apparel...............................     10.609    202.400    208.255   -17.2     2.9    -8.3     2.8     3.7 
   Durables...................................     11.160    108.689    108.592    -3.5    -0.1    -0.4    -0.1    -0.1 
 Services.....................................     57.311    253.033    253.456     3.0     0.2     0.1     0.1     0.1 
  Rent of shelter (4).........................     30.918    232.981    233.365     2.1     0.2     0.1     0.2     0.0 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)....       .306    120.715    120.960     2.6     0.2    -0.2     0.3     0.2 
  Gas (piped) and electricity (3).............      4.713    197.703    196.040     5.8    -0.8     0.1    -1.0     0.1 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                  
      services (2)............................      1.035    157.733    158.069     5.9     0.2     0.2     0.2     0.1 
  Household operations (1) (2)................       .360    152.273    152.168     4.3    -0.1     0.4    -0.4    -0.1 
  Transportation services.....................      5.512    246.931    248.029     4.5     0.4     0.1     0.5     0.4 
  Medical care services.......................      4.035    392.831    395.563     3.1     0.7     0.2     0.5     0.3 
  Other services..............................     10.432    288.627    289.432     3.3     0.3     0.2     0.1     0.3 
                                                                                                                        
                Special indexes                                                                                         
                                                                                                                        
 All items less food..........................     84.135    203.186    204.465    -1.2     0.6    -1.2     0.4     0.6 
 All items less shelter.......................     68.776    194.811    196.052    -1.3     0.6    -1.4     0.4     0.6 
 All items less medical care..................     94.645    198.978    199.928    -0.4     0.5    -1.0     0.3     0.4 
 Commodities less food........................     26.824    140.543    142.809    -8.8     1.6    -3.8     1.0     1.4 
 Nondurables less food........................     15.664    169.708    174.484   -12.2     2.8    -5.9     2.1     2.9 
 Nondurables less food and apparel............     11.686    202.906    208.291   -15.7     2.7    -7.5     2.6     3.4 
 Nondurables..................................     31.530    192.284    194.740    -4.5     1.3    -2.9     1.1     1.4 
 Services less rent of shelter (4)............     26.392    244.376    244.791     4.1     0.2     0.3     0.0     0.2 
 Services less medical care services..........     53.275    242.819    243.128     3.0     0.1     0.2     0.1     0.1 
 Energy.......................................      9.024    172.463    177.033   -19.5     2.6    -9.7     1.9     3.6 
 All items less energy........................     90.976    210.707    211.279     2.3     0.3     0.0     0.2     0.1 
  All items less food and energy..............     75.111    209.404    210.203     1.7     0.4     0.0     0.2     0.2 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                     
       commodities............................     22.513    139.614    140.554    -0.5     0.7    -0.2     0.2     0.2 
    Energy commodities........................      4.311    161.781    171.978   -34.8     6.3   -18.1     4.9     7.0 
   Services less energy services..............     52.598    258.976    259.643     2.7     0.3     0.1     0.2     0.1 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1982-84=$1.00)..........................          -     $ .486     $ .484       -       -       -       -       - 
 Purchasing power of the consumer dollar                                                                                
     (1967=$1.00).............................          -     $ .163     $ .162       -       -       -       -       - 

   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.                                                  
                                               2008      2008      2009      2009                                                  
                                                                                      May     Aug.    Nov.    Feb.    Aug.    Feb. 
                                                                                      2008    2008    2008    2009    2008    2009 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                   
            Expenditure category                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                   
 All items.................................  208.101   206.067   206.778   207.692     4.3     7.5   -11.8    -0.8     5.9    -6.5 
                                                                                                                                   
  Food and beverages.......................  218.475   218.667   218.714   218.371     5.8     9.0     4.7    -0.2     7.4     2.2 
   Food....................................  218.380   218.504   218.536   218.207     6.0     9.4     4.6    -0.3     7.7     2.1 
    Food at home...........................  218.414   218.100   217.690   216.694     7.4    11.7     3.8    -3.1     9.5     0.3 
     Cereals and bakery products...........  255.122   256.440   256.432   254.813    17.4    10.3     9.2    -0.5    13.8     4.2 
     Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs........  208.861   208.532   208.092   208.151     4.1    11.1     3.9    -1.4     7.5     1.2 
     Dairy and related products (1)........  212.184   209.922   208.530   203.023    -1.3    14.3    -3.6   -16.2     6.2   -10.1 
     Fruits and vegetables.................  280.199   275.625   272.072   272.522    11.1    24.2   -10.4   -10.5    17.5   -10.5 
     Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage                                                                                           
         materials.........................  163.379   163.589   163.227   162.689     2.8     4.1    11.3    -1.7     3.5     4.6 
     Other food at home....................  189.935   191.118   192.226   191.629    10.1     8.9     9.4     3.6     9.5     6.5 
      Sugar and sweets.....................  191.411   193.170   195.556   195.485     9.5     5.5    11.2     8.8     7.5    10.0 
      Fats and oils........................  208.914   210.685   206.547   204.738    21.8    23.4    10.6    -7.8    22.6     1.0 
      Other foods..........................  204.430   205.514   207.338   206.781     8.5     7.4     8.9     4.7     7.9     6.8 
       Other miscellaneous foods (1) (2)...  123.837   124.144   124.477   122.994     1.4     7.6     8.1    -2.7     4.4     2.6 
    Food away from home (1)................  220.107   220.847   221.497   222.101     4.2     6.3     5.8     3.7     5.3     4.8 
     Other food away from home (1) (2).....  153.464   153.646   153.397   154.520     4.4     4.9     8.7     2.8     4.6     5.7 
   Alcoholic beverages.....................  218.369   219.567   219.832   219.285     2.5     4.1     5.9     1.7     3.3     3.8 
                                                                                                                                   
  Housing..................................  213.447   213.500   213.570   213.680     5.1     4.6    -0.5     0.4     4.9     0.0 
   Shelter.................................  241.167   241.355   241.879   242.000     2.1     2.4     2.4     1.4     2.3     1.9 
    Rent of primary residence (3)..........  245.224   245.683   246.440   246.739     3.0     3.9     3.2     2.5     3.5     2.9 
    Lodging away from home (2).............  141.612   140.971   139.451   137.170    -1.6    -1.6    -3.4   -12.0    -1.6    -7.8 
    Owners' equivalent rent of primary                                                                                             
        residence (3) (4)..................  230.625   230.792   231.392   231.675     2.0     2.1     2.3     1.8     2.0     2.1 
    Tenants' and household insurance (1)                                                                                           
        (2)................................  120.589   120.360   120.715   120.960     2.4     0.9     5.8     1.2     1.7     3.5 
   Fuels and utilities.....................  218.484   217.920   216.117   216.077    24.4    17.1   -14.9    -4.3    20.7    -9.8 
    Household energy.......................  197.108   196.397   194.348   194.282    28.7    18.5   -18.6    -5.6    23.5   -12.3 
     Fuel oil and other fuels..............  289.361   266.721   261.002   255.111    50.1     3.1   -55.7   -39.6    24.4   -48.2 
     Gas (piped) and electricity (3).......  201.730   201.987   200.013   200.210    27.1    19.8   -15.0    -3.0    23.4    -9.2 
    Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                           
        services (2).......................  156.679   157.070   157.447   157.531     4.9     9.7     6.8     2.2     7.3     4.5 
   Household furnishings and operations....  124.600   124.653   124.546   124.754     2.3     3.1     1.7     0.5     2.7     1.1 
    Household operations (1) (2)...........  152.247   152.814   152.273   152.168    11.4     6.2     0.4    -0.2     8.8     0.1 
                                                                                                                                   
  Apparel..................................  118.644   117.923   118.677   119.854    -2.8     5.7    -3.7     4.1     1.4     0.1 
   Men's and boys' apparel.................  112.498   111.922   114.105   117.255    -1.2    -1.2    -4.5    18.0    -1.2     6.2 
   Women's and girls' apparel..............  107.198   106.026   106.642   107.054    -7.9    15.6    -9.0    -0.5     3.2    -4.8 
   Infants' and toddlers' apparel..........  116.261   115.672   116.306   115.319    -4.6    -8.3     8.7    -3.2    -6.5     2.6 
   Footwear................................  124.867   124.559   124.556   125.352     2.5     0.4     2.4     1.6     1.5     2.0 
                                                                                                                                   
  Transportation...........................  173.617   163.954   166.362   169.627     4.4    16.0   -49.6    -8.9    10.1   -32.2 
   Private transportation..................  170.016   160.223   162.806   166.302     3.8    15.8   -50.5    -8.5     9.6   -32.7 
    New and used motor vehicles (2)........   89.915    89.570    89.682    89.662    -2.8    -3.8    -9.0    -1.1    -3.3    -5.2 
     New vehicles..........................  133.231   132.783   133.378   134.277    -1.3    -1.5    -6.6     3.2    -1.4    -1.8 
     Used cars and trucks..................  128.402   127.590   126.534   124.356    -5.2    -8.6   -16.3   -12.0    -6.9   -14.2 
    Motor fuel.............................  198.375   161.274   169.900   182.697    10.8    45.2   -85.0   -28.1    26.8   -67.2 
     Gasoline (all types)..................  195.487   158.198   167.678   181.433     9.9    45.5   -85.5   -25.8    26.4   -67.2 
    Motor vehicle parts and equipment (1)..  133.125   133.295   133.645   134.264     4.9    11.5     9.2     3.5     8.1     6.3 
    Motor vehicle maintenance and repair                                                                                           
        (1)................................  241.509   241.855   243.594   244.219     5.1     7.7     5.0     4.6     6.4     4.8 
   Public transportation...................  243.594   240.296   236.685   231.991    20.9    22.1   -23.9   -17.7    21.5   -20.9 
                                                                                                                                   
  Medical care.............................  367.450   368.451   370.068   371.397     2.0     2.4     2.6     4.4     2.2     3.5 
   Medical care commodities................  289.453   290.504   291.485   293.339    -1.7     1.0     3.2     5.5    -0.4     4.3 
   Medical care services...................  390.230   391.178   393.024   394.081     3.2     2.9     2.5     4.0     3.1     3.2 
    Professional services..................  316.894   317.551   318.623   318.961     3.6     3.1     2.6     2.6     3.3     2.6 
    Hospital and related services (3)......  539.315   541.934   546.425   550.509     5.4     5.8     3.7     8.6     5.6     6.1 
                                                                                                                                   
  Recreation (2)...........................  110.939   110.795   110.813   111.309     1.1     3.7     1.0     1.3     2.4     1.2 
   Video and audio (2).....................  102.240   102.323   101.794   101.852    -2.0     0.8    -1.8    -1.5    -0.6    -1.6 
                                                                                                                                   
  Education and communication (2)..........  121.236   121.592   121.817   122.064     4.0     5.1     1.7     2.8     4.6     2.3 
   Education (2)...........................  182.620   183.489   183.869   184.662     6.0     6.7     4.8     4.5     6.3     4.7 
    Educational books and supplies.........  465.758   468.077   469.011   471.367     6.5    11.2     5.6     4.9     8.8     5.2 
    Tuition, other school fees, and                                                                                                
        childcare..........................  514.306   516.743   517.817   520.014     5.9     6.3     4.8     4.5     6.1     4.6 
   Communication (2).......................   87.301    87.450    87.598    87.639     2.7     4.1    -0.3     1.6     3.4     0.6 
    Information and information processing                                                                                         
        (1) (2)............................   85.292    85.454    85.581    85.624     2.5     4.1    -0.3     1.6     3.3     0.6 
     Telephone services (1) (2)............  101.564   101.720   101.876   101.890     4.1     5.7     0.9     1.3     4.9     1.1 
     Information technology, hardware and                                                                                          
         services (1) (5)..................   10.367    10.406    10.418    10.442    -4.9    -3.6    -5.9     2.9    -4.2    -1.6 
      Personal computers and peripheral                                                                                            
          equipment (1) (6)................   88.631    88.176    88.178    87.622   -13.5   -15.8   -17.3    -4.5   -14.6   -11.1 
                                                                                                                                   
  Other goods and services.................  362.805   363.328   364.631   365.470     4.7     5.4     2.4     3.0     5.0     2.7 
   Tobacco and smoking products (1)........  602.881   605.662   610.503   615.012     4.2    11.8     2.1     8.3     7.9     5.1 
   Personal care...........................  201.251   201.207   201.461   201.381     4.9     2.2     2.6     0.3     3.5     1.4 
    Personal care products (1).............  160.994   161.295   162.683   162.543     2.9     0.9     4.2     3.9     1.9     4.1 
    Personal care services (1).............  226.433   226.578   225.951   226.088     4.8     1.0     3.6    -0.6     2.8     1.5 
    Miscellaneous personal services........  343.491   343.848   343.462   343.601     6.5     3.5     0.3     0.1     5.0     0.2 
                                                                                                                                   
        Commodity and service group                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                   
 Commodities...............................  169.885   165.761   166.831   168.242     3.6    10.6   -25.1    -3.8     7.1   -15.1 
  Food and beverages.......................  218.475   218.667   218.714   218.371     5.8     9.0     4.7    -0.2     7.4     2.2 
  Commodities less food and beverages......  144.748   138.964   140.426   142.519     2.4    11.5   -38.4    -6.0     6.9   -23.9 
   Nondurables less food and beverages.....  180.093   168.682   172.433   177.755    11.0    20.2   -55.0    -5.1    15.5   -34.7 
    Apparel................................  118.644   117.923   118.677   119.854    -2.8     5.7    -3.7     4.1     1.4     0.1 
    Nondurables less food, beverages, and                                                                                          
        apparel............................  222.275   203.893   209.548   217.299    14.3    24.8   -64.0    -8.7    19.4   -42.6 
   Durables................................  109.240   108.798   108.637   108.475    -2.4    -1.6    -7.2    -2.8    -2.0    -5.0 
 Services..................................  252.766   253.092   253.417   253.785     4.9     4.9     0.5     1.6     4.9     1.1 
  Rent of shelter (4)......................  232.611   232.887   233.312   233.328     2.0     2.3     2.7     1.2     2.2     1.9 
  Tenants' and household insurance (1) (2)   120.589   120.360   120.715   120.960     2.4     0.9     5.8     1.2     1.7     3.5 
  Gas (piped) and electricity (3)..........  201.730   201.987   200.013   200.210    27.1    19.8   -15.0    -3.0    23.4    -9.2 
  Water and sewer and trash collection                                                                                             
      services (2).........................  156.679   157.070   157.447   157.531     4.9     9.7     6.8     2.2     7.3     4.5 
  Household operations (1) (2).............  152.247   152.814   152.273   152.168    11.4     6.2     0.4    -0.2     8.8     0.1 
  Transportation services..................  245.719   245.957   247.099   248.087     6.1     8.1    -0.1     3.9     7.1     1.9 
  Medical care services....................  390.230   391.178   393.024   394.081     3.2     2.9     2.5     4.0     3.1     3.2 
  Other services...........................  287.718   288.397   288.590   289.415     4.1     4.7     2.0     2.4     4.4     2.2 
                                                                                                                                   
              Special indexes                                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                   
 All items less food.......................  206.112   203.702   204.532   205.662     4.0     7.2   -14.5    -0.9     5.6    -7.9 
 All items less shelter....................  198.293   195.424   196.211   197.425     5.3     9.8   -17.3    -1.7     7.5    -9.9 
 All items less medical care...............  201.510   199.400   200.078   200.971     4.4     7.8   -12.5    -1.1     6.1    -7.0 
 Commodities less food.....................  147.181   141.555   142.991   145.025     2.4    11.3   -37.2    -5.7     6.7   -23.1 
 Nondurables less food.....................  182.304   171.591   175.208   180.246    10.8    19.2   -52.8    -4.4    14.9   -32.9 
 Nondurables less food and apparel.........  220.873   204.294   209.514   216.564    13.6    23.3   -61.1    -7.6    18.4   -40.0 
 Nondurables...............................  199.078   193.307   195.377   198.015     9.3    14.0   -31.8    -2.1    11.6   -18.3 
 Services less rent of shelter (4).........  244.382   245.083   245.075   245.607     7.9     8.0    -1.4     2.0     8.0     0.3 
 Services less medical care services.......  242.767   243.176   243.374   243.578     4.8     5.0     0.7     1.3     4.9     1.0 
 Energy....................................  195.711   176.692   180.037   186.446    17.5    34.1   -68.6   -17.6    25.5   -49.1 
 All items less energy.....................  210.543   210.598   210.987   211.226     2.6     4.0     1.2     1.3     3.3     1.3 
  All items less food and energy...........  209.331   209.372   209.834   210.188     1.9     2.9     0.5     1.6     2.4     1.1 
   Commodities less food and energy                                                                                                
       commodities.........................  140.424   140.094   140.375   140.675    -0.9     1.4    -3.1     0.7     0.2    -1.2 
    Energy commodities.....................  202.960   166.230   174.341   186.476    12.3    43.0   -84.2   -28.7    26.7   -66.4 
   Services less energy services...........  258.207   258.541   259.134   259.521     3.1     3.6     2.1     2.1     3.4     2.1 

   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. 2009 from--   Jan. 2009 from-- 
                                              schedule                                                                            
                                                 (1)      Nov.      Dec.      Jan.      Feb.                                      
                                                          2008      2008      2009      2009    Feb.  Dec.  Jan.  Jan.  Nov.  Dec.
                                                                                                2008  2008  2009  2008  2008  2008
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                                                  
 U.S. city average...........................    M      207.296   204.813   205.700   206.708  -0.3   0.9   0.5  -0.5  -0.8   0.4 
                                                                                                                                  
           Region and area size(2)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Northeast urban.............................    M      223.741   221.446   221.704   222.945   0.6   0.7   0.6   0.3  -0.9   0.1 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      224.621   222.628   222.707   224.084   0.8   0.7   0.6   0.5  -0.9   0.0 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      134.757   132.938   133.345   133.908   0.0   0.7   0.4  -0.3  -1.0   0.3 
                                                                                                                                  
 Midwest urban...............................    M      196.346   193.987   195.245   195.813  -0.7   0.9   0.3  -0.7  -0.6   0.6 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      196.770   194.120   195.621   196.147  -0.7   1.0   0.3  -0.7  -0.6   0.8 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      128.186   127.005   127.768   128.167  -0.4   0.9   0.3  -0.6  -0.3   0.6 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      195.114   192.391   192.907   193.527  -1.1   0.6   0.3  -1.0  -1.1   0.3 
                                                                                                                                  
 South urban.................................    M      201.821   199.399   200.067   201.150  -0.6   0.9   0.5  -0.9  -0.9   0.3 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      205.753   203.121   203.519   204.501  -0.5   0.7   0.5  -0.9  -1.1   0.2 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      128.504   127.055   127.529   128.276  -0.7   1.0   0.6  -1.0  -0.8   0.4 
   Size D -  Nonmetropolitan  (less than                                                                                          
       50,000)...............................    M      205.777   203.054   204.316   205.337  -0.1   1.1   0.5  -0.3  -0.7   0.6 
                                                                                                                                  
 West urban..................................    M      210.870   208.088   209.367   210.492  -0.2   1.2   0.5  -0.5  -0.7   0.6 
   Size A - More than 1,500,000..............    M      213.143   210.637   211.857   212.890   0.1   1.1   0.5  -0.1  -0.6   0.6 
   Size B/C - 50,000 to 1,500,000 (3)........    M      130.684   128.641   129.639   130.649  -0.4   1.6   0.8  -1.0  -0.8   0.8 
                                                                                                                                  
                 Size classes                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                  
   A (4).....................................    M      192.508   190.272   191.023   191.927   0.0   0.9   0.5  -0.2  -0.8   0.4 
   B/C (3)...................................    M      129.723   128.157   128.783   129.488  -0.5   1.0   0.5  -0.8  -0.7   0.5 
   D.........................................    M      202.041   199.228   200.057   200.681  -0.8   0.7   0.3  -0.8  -1.0   0.4 
                                                                                                                                  
           Selected local areas(5)                                                                                                
                                                                                                                                  
                                                                                                                                  
 Chicago-Gary-Kenosha, IL-IN-WI..............    M      202.022   198.434   200.222   199.944  -1.3   0.8  -0.1  -0.6  -0.9   0.9 
 Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County, CA.....    M      214.083   211.007   212.454   213.234  -0.5   1.1   0.4  -0.6  -0.8   0.7 
 New York-Northern N.J.-Long Island,                                                                                              
     NY-NJ-CT-PA.............................    M      228.727   227.223   227.503   228.653   1.5   0.6   0.5   1.3  -0.5   0.1 
                                                                                                                                  
 Boston-Brockton-Nashua, MA-NH-ME-CT.........    1      231.854         -   230.095         -     -     -     -  -0.5  -0.8     - 
 Cleveland-Akron, OH.........................    1      188.860         -   188.798         -     -     -     -  -0.7   0.0     - 
 Dallas-Fort Worth, TX.......................    1      201.479         -   199.416         -     -     -     -   0.0  -1.0     - 
 Washington-Baltimore, DC-MD-VA-WV (6).......    1      137.700         -   136.359         -     -     -     -   0.4  -1.0     - 
                                                                                                                                  
 Atlanta, GA.................................    2            -   195.310         -   197.528  -2.9   1.1     -     -     -     - 
 Detroit-Ann Arbor-Flint, MI.................    2            -   192.808         -   196.191  -0.7   1.8     -     -     -     - 
 Houston-Galveston-Brazoria, TX..............    2            -   183.088         -   185.015  -0.5   1.1     -     -     -     - 
 Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL...................    2            -   215.867         -   217.635   0.3   0.8     -     -     -     - 
 Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City,                                                                                           
     PA-NJ-DE-MD.............................    2            -   217.610         -   219.356  -0.6   0.8     -     -     -     - 
 San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA..........    2            -   213.685         -   216.797   0.9   1.5     -     -     -     - 
 Seattle-Tacoma-Bremerton, WA................    2            -   216.424         -   218.752   1.1   1.1     -     -     -     - 

   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. 2009 from-  
                    C-CPI-U                     December                                          
                                                2005-2006                                         
                                                              Jan.      Feb.      Feb.      Jan.  
                                                              2009      2009      2008      2009  
                                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                  
             Expenditure category                                                                 
                                                                                                  
 All items....................................    100.000   121.208   121.901      -0.3       0.6 
                                                                                                  
  Food and beverages..........................     14.726   128.877   128.622       4.6      -0.2 
   Food.......................................     13.648   129.049   128.747       4.7      -0.2 
    Food at home..............................      7.557   126.363   125.539       4.6      -0.7 
    Food away from home.......................      6.091   132.469   132.849       4.7       0.3 
   Alcoholic beverages........................      1.077   127.069   127.399       3.5       0.3 
                                                                                                  
  Housing.....................................     42.421   128.626   128.765       1.8       0.1 
   Shelter....................................     32.409   130.787   131.107       1.6       0.2 
   Fuels and utilities........................      5.004   159.345   157.776       3.5      -1.0 
   Household furnishings and operations.......      5.008    95.606    95.917       1.2       0.3 
                                                                                                  
  Apparel.....................................      3.988    84.775    87.673       0.2       3.4 
                                                                                                  
  Transportation..............................     17.393   111.132   113.341     -11.3       2.0 
   Private transportation.....................     16.285   110.987   113.448     -11.9       2.2 
   Public transportation......................      1.108   114.670   113.167      -2.1      -1.3 
                                                                                                  
  Medical care................................      6.085   143.725   144.662       2.6       0.7 
   Medical care commodities...................      1.615   126.833   127.740       1.9       0.7 
   Medical care services......................      4.470   149.960   150.904       2.9       0.6 
                                                                                                  
  Recreation..................................      5.935   105.210   105.707       0.7       0.5 
                                                                                                  
  Education and communication.................      6.196   109.680   109.693       3.1       0.0 
   Education..................................      2.771   173.075   173.166       5.5       0.1 
   Communication..............................      3.425    74.235    74.219       1.2       0.0 
                                                                                                  
  Other goods and services....................      3.257   126.949   127.284       0.7       0.3 
                                                                                                  
          Commodity and service group                                                             
                                                                                                  
 Services.....................................     58.427   133.356   133.617       2.4       0.2 
 Commodities..................................     41.573   106.544   107.718      -3.9       1.1 
  Durables....................................     11.817    80.775    80.865      -3.2       0.1 
 Nondurables..................................     29.756   119.615   121.408      -4.2       1.5 
  All items less food and energy..............     77.561   117.453   117.964       1.3       0.4 
 Energy.......................................      8.790   146.297   150.780     -19.6       3.1 

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

Last Modified Date: March 18, 2009