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Consumer prices increase 2.1 percent in the 12 months ending November 2019

December 13, 2019

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers rose 2.1 percent for the 12 months ending November 2019, a larger rise than the 1.8-percent increase for the period ending October.

12-month percentage change, Consumer Price Index, selected categories, November 2019, not seasonally adjusted
Category 12-month percent change, Nov 2019

All items

2.1%

Food

2.0

Food at home

1.0

Cereals and bakery products

1.1

Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs

1.0

Dairy and related products

2.6

Fruits and vegetables

0.4

Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage materials

1.7

Other food at home

0.4

Food away from home

3.2

Full service meals and snacks

3.6

Limited service meals and snacks

3.0

Energy

-0.6

Energy commodities

-1.5

Fuel oil

-6.7

Gasoline (all types)

-1.2

Energy services

0.6

Electricity

0.5

Natural gas (piped)

1.1

All items less food and energy

2.3

Commodities less food and energy commodities

0.1

Apparel

-1.6

New vehicles

-0.1

Used cars and trucks

-0.4

Medical care commodities

0.6

Alcoholic beverages

0.5

Tobacco and smoking products

5.5

Services less energy services

3.0

Shelter

3.3

Rent of primary residence

3.7

Owners' equivalent rent of residences

3.3

Medical care services

5.1

Physicians' services

1.4

Hospital services

3.3

Transportation services

0.8

Motor vehicle maintenance and repair

3.2

Motor vehicle insurance

-0.2

Airline fare

2.0

The index for all items less food and energy rose 2.3 percent over the last 12 months. Food prices rose 2.0 percent over the last 12 months, while energy prices declined 0.6 percent over the last year.

Prices for food at home increased 1.0 percent over the last 12 months. All the major grocery store food group prices rose over the period, with increases ranging from 0.4 percent (both fruits and vegetables prices and other food at home prices) to 2.6 percent (prices for dairy and related products). Prices for food away from home rose 3.2 percent over the last year, as prices for full service meals increased 3.6 percent and prices for limited service meals rose 3.0 percent.

Energy prices declined 0.6 percent over the past 12 months. Gasoline prices fell 1.2 percent and fuel oil prices decreased 6.7 percent over the year. In contrast, natural gas prices rose 1.1 percent and electricity prices increased 0.5 percent.

These data are from the BLS Consumer Price Index program and are not seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see “Consumer Price Index — November 2019.” We also have more charts on consumer prices.

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Consumer prices increase 2.1 percent in the 12 months ending November 2019 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2019/consumer-prices-increase-2-point-1-percent-in-the-12-months-ending-november-2019.htm (visited January 19, 2020).

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