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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): +0.2% in May 2018 News Release Historical Data

Unemployment Rate: 3.8% in May 2018 News Release Historical Data

Payroll Employment: +223,000(p) in May 2018 News Release Historical Data

Average Hourly Earnings: +$0.08(p) in May 2018 News Release Historical Data

Producer Price Index - Final Demand: +0.5%(p) in May 2018 News Release Historical Data

Employment Cost Index (ECI): +0.8% in 1st Qtr of 2018 News Release Historical Data

Productivity: +0.4%(r) in 1st Qtr of 2018 News Release Historical Data

U.S. Import Price Index: +0.6% in May 2018 News Release Historical Data

U.S. Export Price Index: +0.6% in May 2018 News Release Historical Data

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June 2018 CPI data are scheduled to be released on July 12, 2018, at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time. read more »

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CPI for all items rises 0.2% in May as gasoline and shelter indexes increase

06/12/2018

In May, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers increased 0.2 percent seasonally adjusted; rising 2.8 percent over the last 12 months, not seasonally adjusted. The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.2 percent in May (SA); up 2.2 percent over the year (NSA).
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The Economics Daily

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Consumer Price Index up 2.8 percent over the year ending May 2018

Over the year ending May 2018, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 2.8 percent before seasonal adjustment. read more »

Monthly Labor Review

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Improving initial estimates of the Chained Consumer Price Index

An examination of the reasoning underlying the most recent update to the formula used to produce the preliminary Chained Consumer Price Index. read more »

Beyond the Numbers

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Arlington Memorial Bridge spans the decades as a study in long-term price change

This article examines the history of the Arlington Memorial Bridge and compares the original construction with a contemporary proposed rebuilding of it, which provides an interesting illustration of long-term price change in the United States, with the help of Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data. read more »