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Consumer expenditures rise 8.6 percent in April–June 2022 quarter compared with year earlier

May 05, 2023

From April to June of 2022, total expenditures averaged $18,059 per consumer unit, an increase of 8.6 percent over the same period in 2021. The largest percentage increase was in transportation spending, a gain of 16.5 percent to a total of $3,215 per household for the quarter. Within transportation, gasoline, other fuels, and motor oil had the largest impact, increasing $375 per household or 71.8 percent from 2021 to 2022. Spending on public and other transportation had the largest percentage increase within transportation, rising 90.3 percent over the year.

Percent change in consumer expenditures, April–June 2021 to April–June 2022
Item Over-the-year percent change Expenditures, April–June 2021 Expenditures, April–June 2022

Transportation

16.5 2,759 3,215

Personal insurance and pensions

12.3 1,940 2,178

Food

10.8 2,058 2,280

Tobacco products and smoking supplies

9.5 84 92

Healthcare

9.2 1,354 1,478

Housing

6.1 5,683 6,030

Personal care products and services

5.5 200 211

Entertainment

4.9 912 957

Alcoholic beverages

4.1 148 154

Cash contributions

2.9 556 572

Apparel and services

0.2 416 417

Reading

-3.4 29 28

Miscellaneous

-6.4 266 249

Education

-8.8 217 198

Spending for both food and housing increased in the April–June 2022 quarter as compared with a year earlier. Food expenditures increased 10.8 percent, and housing expenditures rose 6.1 percent. Within food, spending for food away from home increased 17.1 percent over the year.

Education had the largest decrease in spending in 2022. Education spending fell 8.8 percent in April–June 2022 from the same period in 2021.

These data are from the Consumer Expenditure Surveys. Consumer units are similar to households and consist of the household members who use their income to make joint expenditure decisions. To learn more about the data in this article, see our public use microdata for consumer expenditures.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Consumer expenditures rise 8.6 percent in April–June 2022 quarter compared with year earlier at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2023/consumer-expenditures-rise-8-6-percent-in-april-june-2022-quarter-compared-with-year-earlier.htm (visited May 21, 2024).

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