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Philadelphia Area Consumer Price Index:  January 2010 (PDF)

Food at Home, Shelter, and Energy Prices All Rose in January

Prices for food at home, shelter, and energy all rose in the Philadelphia area in January as measured by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Sheila Watkins, the Bureau’s regional commissioner, noted that despite the one-month increases in all three indexes, food at home prices were 0.6 percent lower over the year. Since January 2009, prices for shelter and energy were 2.7 and 17.7 percent higher, respectively. (See table 1.)

The food at home index advanced 0.6 percent in January, led by higher prices for a number of items including frozen fruits and vegetables and milk.

The Philadelphia area food at home index stood at 217.947 on the 1982-84 reference base, which means that grocery shoppers in the Philadelphia area would have had to spend $21.79 last month for a market basket of food items that cost $10.00 in 1982-84.

Shelter prices were 0.2 percent higher in January due in part to higher prices for other lodging away from home, including hotels and motels. Also contributing to the overall increase in the shelter index were higher prices for owners’ equivalent rent of residences (0.1 percent) and rent of primary residence (0.2 percent). These two published components had over-the-year increases of 3.5 and 1.0 percent, respectively.

The Philadelphia area shelter index stood at 279.888 on the 1982-84 reference base, which means that local residents would have had to spend $27.99 last month for various types of shelter that cost $10.00 in 1982-84.

Following no change in December, energy prices rose 3.2 percent in January. The recent advance was due largely to higher gasoline prices, up 4.2 percent over the month and 55.7 percent over the year—the largest 12-month increase since September 2005. Higher prices for electricity, fuel oil, and utility (piped) gas service also contributed to the recent one-month rise in the overall energy index. Electricity prices increased 2.1 percent in January and 3.2 percent over the last 12 months. Utility (piped) gas service prices rose 0.3 percent over the month but dropped 15.8 percent since January 2009.

The Philadelphia area energy index stood at 206.866 on the 1982-84 reference base, which means that energy users in the Philadelphia area would have had to spend $20.69 last month for a group of energy items that cost $10.00 in 1982-84.

The Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City, Pa.-N.J.-Del.-Md., Consolidated Metropolitan Statistical Area (CMSA) includes Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania; Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties in New Jersey; New Castle County in Delaware; and Cecil County in Maryland.

 

Table 1. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): Indexes and percent changes for selected periods, Philadelphia-Wilmington-Atlantic City, Pa.-N.J.-Del.-Md. (1982-84=100 unless otherwise noted)
Expenditure category Indexes Percent change from-
Nov. 2009 Dec. 2009 Jan. 2010 Jan. 2009 Nov. 2009 Dec. 2009

All items

- 224.800 - - - -

Food and beverages

- 207.409 - - - -

Food

- 206.957 - - - -

Food at home

214.336 216.613 217.947 -0.6 1.7 0.6

Food away from home

- 188.726 - - - -

Alcoholic beverages

- 210.841 - - - -

Housing

- 233.022 - - - -

Shelter

279.365 279.397 279.888 2.7 0.2 0.2

Rent of primary residence (1)

260.329 260.704 261.240 1.0 0.3 0.2

Owners' equivalent rent of primary residence (1) (2) (3)

287.696 288.159 288.312 3.5 0.2 0.1

Owners' equivalent rent of primary residence (1) (2) (3)

287.696 288.159 288.312 3.5 0.2 0.1

Fuels and utilities

- 206.840 - - - -

Household energy

182.669 184.144 188.682 0.2 3.3 2.5

Gas (piped) and electricity (1)

197.015 198.707 201.802 -2.9 2.4 1.6

Electricity (1)

195.038 195.996 200.077 3.2 2.6 2.1

Utility (piped) gas service (1)

197.190 200.725 201.235 -15.8 2.1 0.3

Household furnishings and operations

- 122.741 - - - -

Apparel

- 99.718 - - - -

Transportation

- 190.137 - - - -

Private transportation

- 188.373 - - - -

Motor fuel

233.671 231.097 240.742 53.1 3.0 4.2

Gasoline (all types)

230.385 227.830 237.324 55.7 3.0 4.2

Gasoline, unleaded regular (4)

230.042 227.240 237.281 58.8 3.1 4.4

Gasoline, unleaded midgrade (4) (5)

226.481 224.634 231.881 49.6 2.4 3.2

Gasoline, unleaded premium (4)

220.177 219.139 225.773 48.0 2.5 3.0

Medical care

- 420.002 - - - -

Recreation (6)

- 120.653 - - - -

Education and communication (6)

- 127.426 - - - -

Other goods and services

- 422.047 - - - -
Commodity and service group            

Commodities

- 168.407 - - - -

Commodities less food and beverages

- 145.638 - - - -

Nondurables less food and beverages

- 175.809 - - - -

Durables

- 112.005 - - - -

Services

- 283.015 - - - -
Special aggregate indexes            

All items less medical care

- 216.450 - - - -

All items less shelter

- 207.669 - - - -

Commodities less food

- 148.039 - - - -

Nondurables

- 192.636 - - - -

Nondurables less food

- 177.777 - - - -

Services less rent of shelter (2)

- 293.274 - - - -

Services less medical care services

- 271.738 - - - -

Energy

200.395 200.370 206.866 17.7 3.2 3.2

All items less energy

- 229.185 - - - -

All items less food and energy

- 235.328 - - - -

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) Indexes on a December 1982=100 base.
(3) This index series underwent a change in composition in January 2010. The expenditure class now includes weight from secondary residences and has been re-titled "Owners' equivalent rent of residences." The item stratum "Owners' equivalent rent of primary residences" excludes secondary residences.
(4) Special index based on a substantially smaller sample.
(5) Indexes on a December 1993=100 base.
(6) Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
- Data not available.
NOTE: Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.

 

Last Modified Date: June 8, 2010