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Consumer prices for services less energy up 1.3 percent over the year ended February 2021

March 12, 2021

Consumer prices for services other than energy services rose 1.3 percent from February 2020 to February 2021. Within this category, shelter prices rose 1.5 percent, household operations prices rose 4.3 percent, and medical care services rose 3.0 percent.

Prices for transportation services decreased 4.4 percent over the year. Airline fares were down 25.6 percent while car and truck rental prices were up 11.5 percent.

Percent change consumer prices for services other than energy services, February 2020 to February 2021
Service Percent change

Shelter

1.5

Rent of shelter

1.5

Rent of primary residence

2.0

Lodging away from home

-14.9

Housing at school, excluding board

2.1

Other lodging away from home including hotels and motels

-17.2

Owners' equivalent rent of residences

2.0

Owners' equivalent rent of primary residence

2.0

Tenants' and household insurance

-0.7

Water and sewer and trash collection services

3.6

Water and sewerage maintenance

3.2

Garbage and trash collection

4.6

Household operations

4.3

Domestic services

6.6

Moving, storage, freight expense

6.5

Repair of household items

1.3

Medical care services

3.0

Professional services

3.9

Physicians' services

5.1

Dental services

3.5

Eyeglasses and eye care

0.8

Services by other medical professionals

2.5

Hospital and related services

2.7

Hospital services

2.5

Inpatient hospital services

2.2

Outpatient hospital services

1.7

Nursing homes and adult day services

3.1

Care of invalids and elderly at home

7.3

Health insurance

1.0

Transportation services

-4.4

Car and truck rental

11.5

Motor vehicle maintenance and repair

3.1

Motor vehicle body work

3.7

Motor vehicle maintenance and servicing

2.7

Motor vehicle repair

3.8

Motor vehicle insurance

-2.8

Motor vehicle fees

0.8

State motor vehicle registration and license fees

1.0

Parking and other fees

0.5

Parking fees and tolls

1.9

Public transportation

-16.2

Airline fares

-25.6

Other intercity transportation

3.6

Ship fare

3.8

Intracity transportation

-2.2

Intracity mass transit

-6.4

Recreation services

1.1

Video and audio services

3.5

Cable and satellite television service

3.9

Video discs and other media, including rental of video

-1.5

Video discs and other media

0.9

Rental of video discs and other media

3.0

Pet services including veterinary

4.9

Veterinarian services

5.3

Photographers and photo processing

1.6

Other recreation services

-1.6

Club membership for shopping clubs, fraternal, or other organizations, or participant sports fees

-0.4

Admissions

-5.2

Admission to movies, theaters, and concerts

1.1

Admission to sporting events

-14.1

Fees for lessons or instructions

5.2

Education and communication services

2.1

Tuition, other school fees, and childcare

1.1

College tuition and fees

0.4

Elementary and high school tuition and fees

2.3

Day care and preschool

1.7

Technical and business school tuition and fees

2.2

Postage and delivery services

2.8

Postage

2.8

Delivery services

3.3

Telephone services

4.3

Wireless telephone services

4.3

Land-line telephone services

4.2

Internet services and electronic information providers

-0.3

Other personal services

2.2

Personal care services

5.6

Haircuts and other personal care services

5.6

Miscellaneous personal services

-0.1

Legal services

0.5

Funeral expenses

1.8

Laundry and dry cleaning services

1.9

Apparel services other than laundry and dry cleaning

2.6

Financial services

-4.2

Checking account and other bank services

-10.3

Tax return preparation and other accounting fees

0.4

Within the medical care services category, consumer prices for physicians’ services were up 5.1 percent over the year while prices for care of invalids and elderly at home services were up 7.3 percent.

Prices for water and sewer and trash collection services rose 3.6 percent over the year ended February 2021, while prices for recreation services went up 1.1 percent. Prices for admission to sporting events were down 14.1 percent.

Education and communication services prices rose 2.1 percent. Within this category, wireless telephone services prices rose 4.3 percent, while prices for tuition, other school fees, and childcare rose 1.1 percent.

These data are from the Consumer Price Index program and are not seasonally adjusted. To learn more, see "Consumer Price Index — February 2021." Also see more charts on consumer prices.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Consumer prices for services less energy up 1.3 percent over the year ended February 2021 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2021/consumer-prices-for-services-less-energy-up-1-3-percent-over-the-year-ended-february-2021.htm (visited December 03, 2021).

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