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Thursday, February 26, 2015

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Consumer Price Index, Kansas City – Second Half 2014

Prices increased 0.6 percent from the second half of 2013 to the second half of 2014

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for the Kansas City, Mo.-Kan., metropolitan area increased 0.6 percent from the second half of 2013 to the second half of 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Stanley W. Suchman noted that the indexes for food and shelter had the largest upward impact on the all items index. Costs for energy declined 2.9 percent, food prices advanced 3.9 percent, and the all items less food and energy index rose 0.4 percent over the year.

 

 Chart 1. Over-the-year percent change in CPI-U, Kansas City, second half 2011-second half 2014

Food

Food prices rose 3.9 percent from the second half of 2013 to the second half of 2014. Within the food index, costs for food at home led the advance with a 4.7-percent increase, the largest annual gain since 2011. Prices for food away from home also contributed to the increase, up 3.3 percent. These compared with gains of 0.9 and 1.1 percent, respectively, in the same period one year ago.  

Energy

The energy index, which includes motor fuel and household fuels, declined 2.9 percent from the second half of 2013 to the second half of 2014, registering the first over-the-year decrease in this component since 2009. Falling prices for motor fuel (-5.4 percent), which occurred in the most recent six months of the period, were largely responsible for the decline in the energy index. Costs for electricity, down 2.8 percent over the year, also contributed to the decrease. In contrast, prices for utility (piped) gas service advanced 4.6 percent from the second half of 2013.

All items less food and energy

The index for all items less food and energy increased 0.4 percent from the second half of 2013 to the second half of 2014, following a gain of 0.7 percent in the same period one year ago. Shelter costs advanced 1.8 percent and had the largest upward impact on the all items less food and energy index. In contrast, apparel (-4.2 percent) and recreation (-2.1 percent) were among the expenditure categories posting lower prices over the year.

The Kansas City CPI-U stood at 222.470 for the second half of 2014. This means that a market basket of goods and services that cost $100.00 in 1982-84 cost $222.47 in the second half of 2014. Because metropolitan area CPI data are not adjusted for seasonal price variation, consumers and businesses should be cautious in drawing conclusions about long-term retail price trends from short-term changes in the metropolitan area indexes.

CPI-W

The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) for the Kansas City, Mo.-Kan., metropolitan area for the second half of 2014 was 214.311. The CPI-W increased 0.5 percent from the second half of 2013 to the second half of 2014.

The Consumer Price Index for the First Half of 2015 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, August 19, 2015.


Technical Note

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a measure of the average change in prices over time in a fixed market basket of goods and services. The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes CPIs for two population groups: (1) a CPI for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) which covers approximately 88 percent of the total population and (2) a CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) which covers approximately 29 percent of the total population. The CPI-U includes, in addition to wage earners and clerical workers, groups such as professional, managerial, and technical workers, the self-employed, short-term workers, the unemployed, and retirees and others not in the labor force.

The CPI is based on prices of food, clothing, shelter, and fuels, transportation fares, charges for doctors' and dentists' services, drugs, and the other goods and services that people buy for day-to-day living. Each month, prices are collected in 87 urban areas across the country from about 4,000 housing units and approximately 26,000 retail establishments--department stores, supermarkets, hospitals, filling stations, and other types of stores and service establishments. All taxes directly associated with the purchase and use of items are included in the index.

The index measures price changes from a designated reference date (1982-84) that equals 100.0. An increase of 16.5 percent, for example, is shown as 116.5. This change can also be expressed in dollars as follows: the price of a base period "market basket" of goods and services in the CPI has risen from $10 in 1982-84 to $11.65. For further details see the CPI home page on the Internet at www.bls.gov/cpi and the BLS Handbook of Methods, Chapter 17, The Consumer Price Index, available on the Internet at www.bls.gov/opub/hom/homch17_a.htm.

In calculating the index, price changes for the various items in each location are averaged together with weights that represent their importance in the spending of the appropriate population group. Local data are then combined to obtain a U.S. city average. Because the sample size of a local area is smaller, the local area index is subject to substantially more sampling and other measurement error than the national index. In addition, local indexes are not adjusted for seasonal influences. As a result, local area indexes show greater volatility than the national index, although their long-term trends are quite similar. NOTE: Area indexes do not measure differences in the level of prices between areas; they only measure the average change in prices for each area since the base period.

The Kansas City, Mo.-Kan., area covered in this release includes Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami, and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas; and Cass, Clay, Clinton, Jackson, Lafayette, Platte, and Ray Counties in Missouri.

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Table 1. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): Indexes for semiannual averages and percent changes for selected periods

Kansas City, MO-KS (1982-84=100 unless otherwise noted)
Item and Group

 
Semiannual average indexes
 
Percent change to
2nd half 2014 from-
2nd half
2013
1st half
2014
2nd half
2014
2nd half
2013
1st half
2014

Expenditure category

 
 

All Items

221.168 222.842 222.470 0.6 -0.2

All items (1967=100)

656.728 661.697 660.592    

Food and beverages

245.839 249.749 255.318 3.9 2.2

Food

251.032 255.052 260.738 3.9 2.2

Food at home

239.889 245.461 251.246 4.7 2.4

Food away from home

267.350 271.526 276.272 3.3 1.7

Alcoholic beverages

186.036 188.608 192.818 3.6 2.2

Housing

205.725 207.730 208.829 1.5 0.5

Shelter

227.290 229.512 231.383 1.8 0.8

Rent of primary residence (1)

231.179 233.518 236.641 2.4 1.3

Owners' equiv. rent of residences (1) (2)

224.288 225.719 227.932 1.6 1.0

Owners' equiv. rent of primary residence (1) (2)

224.288 225.719 227.932 1.6 1.0

Fuels and utilities

227.862 232.356 232.619 2.1 0.1

Household energy

197.745 200.999 197.587 -0.1 -1.7

Energy services (1)

195.379 198.208 195.305 0.0 -1.5

Electricity (1)

162.759 156.491 158.233 -2.8 1.1

Utility (piped) gas service (1)

197.406 218.245 206.438 4.6 -5.4

Household furnishings and operations

124.209 124.098 122.360 -1.5 -1.4

Apparel

121.369 120.186 116.323 -4.2 -3.2

Transportation

209.137 212.086 204.681 -2.1 -3.5

Private transportation

206.124 209.281 202.169 -1.9 -3.4

Motor fuel

293.340 306.027 277.639 -5.4 -9.3

Gasoline (all types)

293.351 305.006 276.570 -5.7 -9.3

Gasoline, unleaded regular (3)

286.887 298.380 270.348 -5.8 -9.4

Gasoline, unleaded midgrade (3) (4)

356.776 370.843 335.535 -6.0 -9.5

Gasoline, unleaded premium (3)

285.500 296.360 270.634 -5.2 -8.7

Medical Care

338.640 336.849 339.435 0.2 0.8

Recreation (5)

130.811 130.336 128.090 -2.1 -1.7

Education and communication (5)

128.337 127.780 127.697 -0.5 -0.1

Other goods and services

378.223 380.770 383.306 1.3 0.7
 

Commodity and Service Group

 
 

All Items

221.168 222.842 222.470 0.6 -0.2

Commodities

189.752 190.720 188.832 -0.5 -1.0

Commodities less food & beverages

162.513 162.366 157.413 -3.1 -3.1

Nondurables less food & beverages

220.081 220.256 210.795 -4.2 -4.3

Durables

108.921 108.145 107.107 -1.7 -1.0

Services

252.158 254.498 255.519 1.3 0.4
 

Special aggregate indexes:

 
 

All items less medical care

214.611 216.459 215.909 0.6 -0.3

All items less shelter

220.654 222.129 220.812 0.1 -0.6

Commodities less food

163.487 163.401 158.785 -2.9 -2.8

Nondurables

232.799 234.689 232.345 -0.2 -1.0

Nondurables less food

218.289 218.537 210.096 -3.8 -3.9

Services less rent of shelter (2)

290.439 292.831 292.769 0.8 0.0

Services less medical care services

240.130 242.062 243.052 1.2 0.4

Energy

243.102 250.577 236.031 -2.9 -5.8

All items less energy

220.334 221.493 222.504 1.0 0.5

All items less food and energy

215.355 216.040 216.269 0.4 0.1

Footnotes
(1) This index series was calculated using a Laspeyres estimator. All other item stratum index series were calculated using a geometric means estimator.
(2) Index is on a December 1982=100 base.
(3) Special index based on a substantially smaller sample.
(4) Indexes on a December 1993=100 base.
(5) Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
 

Table 2. Consumer Price Index for Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W): Indexes for semiannual averages and percent changes for selected periods

Kansas City, MO-KS (1982-84=100 unless otherwise noted)
Item and Group

 
Semiannual average indexes
 
Percent change to
2nd half 2014 from-
2nd half
2013
1st half
2014
2nd half
2014
2nd half
2013
1st half
2014

Expenditure category

 
 

All Items

213.175 214.905 214.311 0.5 -0.3

All items (1967=100)

624.604 629.671 627.932    

Food and beverages

248.473 252.235 258.074 3.9 2.3

Food

252.789 256.689 262.576 3.9 2.3

Food at home

239.069 244.696 250.526 4.8 2.4

Food away from home

274.036 277.819 282.902 3.2 1.8

Alcoholic beverages

189.549 191.419 196.570 3.7 2.7

Housing

197.025 198.978 200.250 1.6 0.6

Shelter

215.170 216.955 219.005 1.8 0.9

Rent of primary residence (1)

231.179 233.518 236.641 2.4 1.3

Owners' equiv. rent of residences (1) (2)

204.200 205.503 207.518 1.6 1.0

Owners' equiv. rent of primary residence (1) (2)

204.200 205.503 207.518 1.6 1.0

Fuels and utilities

227.794 232.043 232.560 2.1 0.2

Household energy

198.273 201.318 198.146 -0.1 -1.6

Energy services (1)

196.348 198.887 195.968 -0.2 -1.5

Electricity (1)

162.761 156.493 158.235 -2.8 1.1

Utility (piped) gas service (1)

197.405 218.244 206.437 4.6 -5.4

Household furnishings and operations

112.698 112.691 110.902 -1.6 -1.6

Apparel

109.300 109.178 106.853 -2.2 -2.1

Transportation

197.614 201.722 193.153 -2.3 -4.2

Private transportation

196.207 200.502 192.053 -2.1 -4.2

Motor fuel

293.351 305.973 277.544 -5.4 -9.3

Gasoline (all types)

293.344 304.999 276.563 -5.7 -9.3

Gasoline, unleaded regular (3)

286.884 298.377 270.345 -5.8 -9.4

Gasoline, unleaded midgrade (3) (4)

356.776 370.843 335.535 -6.0 -9.5

Gasoline, unleaded premium (3)

285.490 296.349 270.624 -5.2 -8.7

Medical Care

346.416 344.466 347.206 0.2 0.8

Recreation (5)

130.190 129.064 126.438 -2.9 -2.0

Education and communication (5)

117.928 117.148 116.407 -1.3 -0.6

Other goods and services

404.123 407.396 410.582 1.6 0.8
 

Commodity and Service Group

 
 

All Items

213.175 214.905 214.311 0.5 -0.3

Commodities

186.705 188.214 186.006 -0.4 -1.2

Commodities less food & beverages

158.594 159.601 154.045 -2.9 -3.5

Nondurables less food & beverages

219.909 222.040 211.670 -3.7 -4.7

Durables

110.447 109.080 107.937 -2.3 -1.0

Services

243.687 245.722 246.680 1.2 0.4
 

Special aggregate indexes:

 
 

All items less medical care

207.457 209.334 208.575 0.5 -0.4

All items less shelter

213.569 215.275 213.615 0.0 -0.8

Commodities less food

159.884 160.876 155.612 -2.7 -3.3

Nondurables

234.269 236.928 234.074 -0.1 -1.2

Nondurables less food

219.068 221.118 211.599 -3.4 -4.3

Services less rent of shelter (2)

255.266 257.138 256.763 0.6 -0.1

Services less medical care services

231.616 233.250 234.188 1.1 0.4

Energy

242.329 249.848 234.850 -3.1 -6.0

All items less energy

211.391 212.323 213.523 1.0 0.6

All items less food and energy

203.185 203.598 203.955 0.4 0.2

Footnotes
(1) This index series was calculated using a Laspeyres estimator. All other item stratum index series were calculated using a geometric means estimator.
(2) Index is on a December 1984=100 base.
(3) Special index based on a substantially smaller sample.
(4) Indexes on a December 1993=100 base.
(5) Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
 

 

Last Modified Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015