Consumer Price Index, November 2012 to November 2013

December 18, 2013

From November 2012 to November 2013, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) all items index increased 1.2 percent before seasonal adjustment. The 12-month increase in the index for all items less food and energy remained at 1.7 percent for the third month in a row. The food index increased 1.2 percent over the last 12 months, while the energy index declined 2.4 percent.

Percent change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers, not seasonally adjusted, selected expenditures, November 2012-November 2013
Expenditure categoryPercent change

All items

1.2

Food

1.2

Food at home

0.6

Nonalcoholic beverages

-1.8

Meats, poultry, fish and eggs

2.8

Food away from home

2.1

Energy

-2.4

Gasoline

-5.8

Fuel oil

-4.1

Natural gas

1.0

Electricity

2.9

All items less food and energy

1.7

Household furnishings and operations

-1.4

Apparel

-0.1

New vehicles

0.6

Medical care

2.2

Shelter

2.4

Airline fares

4.2

The food at home index has risen 0.6 percent over the last 12 months, the smallest 12-month increase since June 2010. The index for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs has posted the largest increase of the six major grocery store food groups over the last year, rising 2.8 percent.

The energy index has declined 2.4 percent over the last year, with the gasoline index down 5.8 percent and the index for fuel oil decreasing 4.1 percent. The electricity index has risen 2.9 percent over the last year, and the index for natural gas has increased 1.0 percent.

The index for all items less food and energy increased 1.7 percent for the 12 months ending November. Indexes that have increased at a faster rate include airline fares (4.2 percent), shelter (2.4 percent), and medical care (2.2 percent). Indexes that increased more slowly or declined include household furnishings and operations (-1.4 percent), apparel (-0.1 percent), and new vehicles (0.6 percent).

These data are from the BLS Consumer Price Index program. To learn more, see "Consumer Price Index — November 2013" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL‑13‑2390.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Editor's Desk, Consumer Price Index, November 2012 to November 2013 on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20131218.htm (visited September 15, 2014).

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