A data chart image of Consumer prices for food at home up 1.0 percent over the year ending January 2018

Consumer prices for food at home up 1.0 percent over the year ending January 2018

February 16, 2018

Over the year ending January 2018, consumer prices for food at home rose 1.0 percent, less than the 2.1-percent increase for the Consumer Price Index for all Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for all items. Food at home represents 7.4 percent of the total CPI-U market basket.

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February 15, 2018

A data chart image of 7 major work stoppages in 2017, second lowest since 1947

7 major work stoppages in 2017, second lowest since 1947

There were 7 major work stoppages in 2017 involving 1,000 or more workers and lasting at least one shift. This is the second-lowest number of major work stoppages in a year since the series began in 1947. The lowest annual total was 5 in 2009, and the highest was 470 in 1952.

February 14, 2018

A data chart image of Average annual expenditures on sweets, flowers, wine, jewelry, and other items in 2016

Average annual expenditures on sweets, flowers, wine, jewelry, and other items in 2016

Don’t forget! Today is the day we honor the 3rd century martyrdom of St. Valentine by buying cards, candy, and cakes in hopes of not disappointing our loved ones. In 2016, consumers spent an annual average of $148 on sugar and sweets, $37 on cakes and cupcakes, and $28 on baking products. How did your expenses on romantic treats and gifts compare?

February 13, 2018

A data chart image of Birmingham-Hoover metro had largest unemployment rate decrease for year ended December 2017

Birmingham-Hoover metro had largest unemployment rate decrease for year ended December 2017

From December 2016 to December 2017, among the 51 metropolitan areas with a 2010 Census population of 1 million or more, 44 had unemployment rate decreases, 6 had increases, and 1 had no change. The largest unemployment rate decrease occurred in Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama (−2.4 percentage points) and Memphis, TN-MS-AR (−1.6 percentage points). The largest over-the-year rate increase was in Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, New York (0.4 percentage point).

February 12, 2018

A data chart image of St. George, Elkhart-Goshen, and Athens-Clarke have largest gains in employment, December 2017

St. George, Elkhart-Goshen, and Athens-Clarke have largest gains in employment, December 2017

In December 2017, the largest over-the-year percentage gains in employment occurred in St. George, Utah (+5.8 percent), Elkhart-Goshen, Indiana (+5.7 percent), and Athens-Clarke County, Georgia (+5.4 percent).

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