CPI-U up 1.4 percent in 12 months
June 19, 2013
From May 2012 to May 2013, the all items Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 1.4 percent before seasonal adjustment, an increase from the April 2012 to April 2013 increase of 1.1 percent.
|Expenditure category||Jan 2013||Feb 2013||Mar 2013||Apr 2013||May 2013|
Food at home
Food away from home
Utility (piped) gas service (Natural gas)
All items less food and energy
The food index has risen modestly over the May 2012–May 2013 period, advancing 1.4 percent. The food at home index has increased 0.8 percent over the past year; the fruits and vegetables index has risen the most of the six food at home groups. The index for food away from home has risen 2.3 percent over the past year.
The index for energy has declined over the past 12 months, falling 1.0 percent. Over the past year energy indexes are mixed, with the index for fuel oil falling 5.8 percent and the gasoline index down 4.1 percent, but the natural gas index rising 14.2 percent and the electricity index up 1.7 percent.
The 12-month change in the index for all items less food and energy increased 1.7 percent in May, the same as for the 12 months ended in April. The index for shelter increased 2.3 percent over the last 12 months. The medical care index increased 2.2 percent, its smallest 12-month increase since September 1972.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, CPI-U up 1.4 percent in 12 months on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20130619.htm (visited April 01, 2015).
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