January 23, 2017
From December 2015 to December 2016, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) all items index rose 2.1 percent. Prices for energy were up 5.4 percent over the year and prices for medical care increased 4.1 percent. Since 1996, the December-to-December change in the all items index has averaged 2.2 percent, while the price change for energy and medical care averaged 3.7 percent and 3.6 percent, respectively. Full Text »
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This Beyond the Numbers article analyzes the difference in spending patterns between all urban consumers and wage earners and clerical workers (blue-collar consumers) in 1984 and 2015. The analysis sheds light on how budget allocations by the typical urban consumer compare with budget allocations by the typical blue-collar consumer living in an urban area. It illustrates these differences for major expenditure categories, as well as more specific categories of general interest.
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