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The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a measure of the average change over time in the prices paid by urban consumers for a market basket of consumer goods and services. Indexes are available for the U.S. and various geographic areas. Average price data for select utility, automotive fuel, and food items are also available.

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Consumer Price Index (CPI): +0.4% in Aug 2020 News Release Historical Data

Unemployment Rate: 8.4% in Aug 2020 News Release Historical Data

Payroll Employment: +1,371,000(p) in Aug 2020 News Release Historical Data

Average Hourly Earnings: +$0.11(p) in Aug 2020 News Release Historical Data

Producer Price Index - Final Demand: +0.3%(p) in Aug 2020 News Release Historical Data

Employment Cost Index (ECI): +0.5% in 2nd Qtr of 2020 News Release Historical Data

Productivity: +10.1%(r) in 2nd Qtr of 2020 News Release Historical Data

U.S. Import Price Index: +0.9% in Aug 2020 News Release Historical Data

U.S. Export Price Index: +0.5% in Aug 2020 News Release Historical Data

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September 2020 CPI data are scheduled to be released on October 13, 2020, at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time. read more »

News Releases

CPI for all items rises 0.4% in August on broad set of increases

09/11/2020

In August, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers rose 0.4 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis; rising 1.3 percent over the last 12 months, not seasonally adjusted. The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.4 percent in August (SA); up 1.7 percent over the year (NSA).
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The Economics Daily

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Consumer prices up 1.3 percent in 12 months ended August 2020

Over the 12 months ended August 2020, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 1.3 percent. Food prices increased 4.1 percent over the last 12 months. Within the food category, food at home prices rose 4.6 percent, including a 7.1-percent increase in prices for meat, poultry, fish, and eggs. Food away from home prices increased 3.5 percent over this period. read more »

Monthly Labor Review

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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on food price indexes and data collection

This article describes the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on price changes for food categories within the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics import/export price indexes, producer price indexes, and consumer price indexes. In addition, the article assesses the pandemic’s impact on price data collection efforts. Safety precautions established during the pandemic created data collection challenges for some price indexes more than others. read more »