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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 Feb 2019 News Release Historical Data

Unemployment Rate: 3.8% in Feb 2019 News Release Historical Data

Payroll Employment: +20,000(p) in Feb 2019 News Release Historical Data

Average Hourly Earnings: +$0.11(p) in Feb 2019 News Release Historical Data

Producer Price Index - Final Demand: +0.1%(p) in Feb 2019 News Release Historical Data

Employment Cost Index (ECI): +0.7% in 4th Qtr of 2018 News Release Historical Data

Productivity: +1.9% in 4th Qtr of 2018 News Release Historical Data

U.S. Import Price Index: +0.6% in Feb 2019 News Release Historical Data

U.S. Export Price Index: +0.6% in Feb 2019 News Release Historical Data

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March 2019 CPI data are scheduled to be released on April 10, 2019, at 8:30 A.M. Eastern Time. read more »

News Releases

CPI for all items increases 0.2% in February as shelter, food indexes rise

03/12/2019

In February, the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers increased 0.2 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis; rising 1.5 percent over the year, not seasonally adjusted. The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.1 percent in February (SA); up 2.1 percent over the year (NSA).
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The Economics Daily

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Lettuce prices up 15 percent, TV prices down 17 percent over the year ending February 2019

Prices for food, drinks, clothing, services, gasoline, and televisions and other household items are always changing, some more than others. From February 2018 to February 2019, the price of lettuce increased 14.5 percent while television prices decreased 16.8 percent. This compared to an increase of 1.5 percent for all consumer items over that period. read more »

Beyond the Numbers

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Improving the CPI physicians’ services index

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Consumer Price Index (CPI) for physicians services measures the change in prices for healthcare services provided by physicians in private practice. read more »