Producer Price Index in April 2012
May 14, 2012
The Producer Price Index for finished goods rose 1.9 percent (not seasonally adjusted) for the 12 months ended April 2012, the seventh straight month of slowing year-over-year increases following a 7.0-percent rise for the 12 months ended September 2011.
From March to April 2012, prices for finished goods fell 0.2 percent (seasonally adjusted). Prices for finished goods were unchanged in March and increased 0.4 percent in February.
The April decrease in the finished goods index is attributable to a 1.4-percent decline in prices for finished energy goods. By contrast, the indexes for finished goods less foods and energy and for finished consumer foods both rose 0.2 percent.
These data are from the BLS Producer Price Index program. To learn more, see "Producer Price Indexes — April 2012" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL-12-0895. All producer price indexes are routinely subject to revision once, 4 months after original publication, to reflect the availability of late reports and corrections by respondents.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Producer Price Index in April 2012 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2012/ted_20120514.htm (visited August 02, 2015).
Recent editions of Spotlight on Statistics
New estimates of personal taxes in Consumer Expenditure Survey
In 2013, the Consumer Expenditure Survey improved its personal tax data.
Trends in long-term unemployment
Long-term unemployment reached historically high levels following the recession of 2007–2009.
Housing: before, during, and after the Great Recession
looks at consumer expenditures on household items, employment in residential construction, prices for household items, and injuries in occupations involved in building and maintaining our homes.