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Consumer Price Index

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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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Latest Numbers


Consumer Price Index (CPI): +0.2% in Sep 2020 News Release Historical Data

Unemployment Rate: 7.9% in Sep 2020 News Release Historical Data

Payroll Employment: +661,000(p) in Sep 2020 News Release Historical Data

Average Hourly Earnings: +$0.02(p) in Sep 2020 News Release Historical Data

Producer Price Index - Final Demand: +0.4%(p) in Sep 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: +0.3% in Sep 2020 News Release Historical Data

U.S. Export Price Index: +0.6% in Sep 2020 News Release Historical Data

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Next Release

October 2020 CPI data are scheduled to be released on November 12, 2020, at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time. read more »

News Releases

CPI for all items rises 0.2% in September as used cars and trucks index increases


In September, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers rose 0.2 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis; rising 1.4 percent over the last 12 months, not seasonally adjusted. The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.2 percent in September (SA); up 1.7 percent over the year (NSA).
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The Economics Daily

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Consumer prices up 1.4 percent over the year ending September 2020

The Consumer Price Index increased 1.4 percent over the 12 months ended September 2020. Food prices increased 3.9 percent over this period, while energy prices declined 7.7 percent. Prices for all items other than food and energy rose 1.7 percent over the past year. 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 »