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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

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Average Energy Prices, Chicago-Gary-Kenosha — June 2015

Gasoline prices averaged $3.189 a gallon in the Chicago-Gary-Kenosha area in June 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Charlene Peiffer noted that area gasoline prices were down 86.2 cents compared to June 2014 when they averaged $4.051 per gallon. Chicago area households paid an average of 16.1 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity in June 2015, unchanged from June 2014. The average cost of utility (piped) gas at 77.4 cents per therm in June was down from $1.158 per therm a year earlier. (Data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year- analysis is used throughout.)

 Chart 1.  Average prices for gasoline, Chicago-Kenosha and the United States, 2011-2015 (as of June)

At $3.189 a gallon, costs for gasoline in the Chicago area were 30.0 cents higher than the national average of $2.889 a gallon in June 2015. Average gasoline costs in Chicago had been higher by 8.0 percent or more compared to the U.S. average in each of the previous four years (2011-2014) in June. (See chart 1.)

 Chart 2.  Average prices for electricity, Chicago-Gary-Kenosha and the United States, 2011-2015 (as of June)

The 16.1 cents per kWh that Chicago households paid for electricity in June 2015 was 12.6 percent higher than the nationwide average cost of 14.3 cents per kWh. With the exception of June 2013 when Chicago area electricity costs were 9.5 percent less than the national average, prices have exceeded the national average by 9.6 percent or more in the previous four years (2011-2014) in June. (See chart 2.)

 Chart 3.  Average prices for utility (piped) gas, Chicago-Gary-Kenosha and the United States, 2011-2015 (as of June)

Prices paid by Chicago area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, were 77.4 cents per therm in June 2015, 17.8 percent below the national average of 94.2 cents per therm. In June 2014, utility (piped) gas prices in Chicago exceeded the nation's by 6.4 percent; however, in the previous three years (2011-2013) in June, Chicago area utility (piped) gas costs were lower than the national average by 11.7 percent or more. (See chart 3.)

The Chicago-Gary-Kenosha, Ill.-Ind.-Wis., Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area consists of Cook, De Kalb, Du Page, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties in Illinois; Lake and Porter Counties in Indiana; and Kenosha County in Wisconsin.

Historical average energy prices for the U.S. and select metropolitan areas are available at www.bls.gov/regions/midwest/data/averageenergyprices_selectedareas_table.htm.

The Consumer Price Index for July 2015 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, August 19, 2015.


Technical Note

Average prices are estimated from Consumer Price Index (CPI) data for selected commodity series to support the research and analytic needs of CPI data users. Average prices for electricity, utility (piped) gas, and gasoline are published monthly for the U.S. city average, the 4 regions, the 3 population size classes, 10 region/size-class cross-classifications, and the 14 largest local index areas. For electricity, average prices per kilowatt-hour (kWh) are published. For utility (piped) gas, average prices per therm are published. For gasoline, the average price per gallon is published. Average prices for commonly available grades of gasoline are published as well as the average price across all grades.

All eligible prices are converted to a price per normalized quantity. These prices are then used to estimate a price for a defined fixed quantity. The average price per kilowatt-hour represents the total bill divided by the kilowatt-hour usage. The total bill is the sum of all items applicable to all consumers appearing on an electricity bill including, but not limited to, variable rates per kWh, fixed costs, taxes, surcharges, and credits. This calculation also applies to the average price per therm for utility (piped) gas.

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Table 1. Average prices for gasoline, electricity, and utility (piped) gas, Chicago-Gary-Kenosha and the United States, June 2014 – June 2015, not seasonally adjusted
Year and month Gasoline per gallon Electricity per kWh Utility (piped) gas per therm
Chicago area United States Chicago area United States Chicago area United States

2014

 

June

$4.051 $3.750 $0.161 $0.143 $1.158 $1.088

July

3.769 3.690 0.160 0.143 1.186 1.093

August

3.635 3.540 0.162 0.143 1.122 1.060

September

3.671 3.463 0.164 0.141 1.009 1.058

October

3.366 3.241 0.167 0.136 0.885 1.033

November

3.063 2.945 0.149 0.134 0.906 1.035

December

2.637 2.618 0.167 0.135 0.953 1.060

2015

 

January

2.140 2.170 0.172 0.138 0.862 1.036

February

2.425 2.308 0.172 0.138 0.781 1.007

March

2.664 2.544 0.172 0.136 0.811 0.985

April

2.737 2.545 0.175 0.137 0.766 0.947

May

2.942 2.832 0.176 0.137 0.756 0.930

June

3.189 2.889 0.161 0.143 0.774 0.942

 

Last Modified Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2015