PPI Data Retrieval Guide
The PPI is a family of indexes covering the output of all industries in the goods-producing sector of the U.S. economy and most of the service sector, as well as construction, natural gas and electric utilities, and goods competitive with those made in producing sectors (such as scrap materials).
All PPIs are organized into an Industry Classification System and a Commodity Classification System, each of which draws from the same survey of price samples. In other words, both contain data for all goods and services that PPI covers. Choose which data is right for you from the lists on the following tabs, by first understanding their differences.
About PPI Industry Data
Organizes prices by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) and measures the average change in prices received by establishments in the industry for individual products and services, as well as total output sold outside of the industry (that is, its net output). Every industry has
primary product indexes to show changes in prices received for
products made primarily, though not necessarily exclusively, by that industry. (Primary products are essentially the products for which the industry is titled.) In addition, most industries have
secondary product indexes that show changes in prices received by establishments classified in the industry for
products chiefly made in some other industry. Finally, some industries have miscellaneous receipts indexes to
show price changes in other sources of revenue that are not derived
from sales of their products—for example, resale of purchased materials or revenues from parking lots owned.
- 311--- Food manufacturing
- 3118-- Bakeries and tortilla manufacturing
- 31181- Bread and bakery product manufacturing
- 311812 Commercial bakeries
- 311812-P Primary Products
- 311812-1 Bread
- 311812-A Pies
- 311812-S Secondary products
- 311812-M Miscellaneous receipts
List of Available Indexes
Classification Systems within PPI Industry Data
Industry Data for Material and Supply Inputs to Construction Industries
These indexes are derived from industry-based, primary product PPIs, and the weights used to develop this model are based on 2002 benchmark input/output relationship data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). More information...
About PPI Commodity Data
Organizes prices received by sampled establishments for individual and groupings of products or services by similarity, regardless of the producing establishment's industry classification. This system uses the original PPI (formerly "Wholesale Price Index") publication structure and does not match any other standard coding structure, such as the NAICS. The contents of a commodity index may be determined by its title and its place in the PPI commodity hierarchy (see PPI Relative Importance Tables). For further clarification, contact PPI at email@example.com or (202) 691-7705.
- 01 Farm Products
- 011 Fruits and melons, fresh/dry vegetables and nuts
- 0111 Fresh fruits and melons
- 011101 Citrus fruits
- 01110101 Grapefruits
List of Available Indexes
Classification Systems within PPI Commodity Data
Commodity-based PPIs by Stage-of-Processing (SOP)
These indexes regroup commodity data according to the class of buyer and the amount of physical processing or assembling the products have undergone. Components and weights for these indexes are available in the PPI Relative Importance Tables. The three stages of processing include finished goods; intermediate materials, supplies, and components; and crude materials for further processing. The PPIs for finished goods and for finished goods less food and energy (popularly referred to as "finished core") are the indexes most referred to in the media. More information...
Commodity-based PPIs by Durability of Product
These indexes regroup commodity data according to durability. Durable goods are considered to have a life expectancy of three years or more, while nondurables are either consumed in a single usage or have a life expectancy less than three years.
Commodity-based PPI Special Groupings
These indexes regroup commodity data into special aggregations. Components are listed in the monthly PPI Detailed Report following Table 8. Weights of the components are those used for the PPI for all commodities (see PPI Relative Importance Tables: Commodities, all levels).
Commodity-based PPI Experimental Aggregation System
This Experimental Aggregation system takes advantage of PPI’s expansion of coverage over the last twenty years to include portions of the services and construction sectors by combining indexes for those sectors with the currently highlighted goods sector indexes. More information, including components and weights are available on the Experimental Aggregation Webpage.
Get PPI Data
- Choose your indexes from the lists of PPIs in the above tabs, noting the series id(s).
- Click here for Series Report (opens in a new window) — Enter your series id(s) in the box provided, one per line, and click Next.
For seasonally adjusted data, replace "WPU" with "WPS" in the series id code.
- Click Retrieve Data to go directly to the last 10 years of index levels, if available, for the chosen index(es).
- Optional: To reformat the data from the default view, edit the settings before clicking Retrieve Data. On this page, you may edit the view of data between columnar or table format and html or text format, initiate percent change calculations, and specify different time periods for which you want the data. TIP: You may return to formatting options after getting the data at any time by selecting the link in the top right corner of the screen for More Formatting Options.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Additional Resources for Browsing PPI Data
For further assistance, contact the PPI Section of Index Analysis & Public Information at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 691-7705.
Last Modified Date: March 12, 2013