Tuesday, March 13, 2018
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) in the Northeast rose 0.4 percent in February, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Sheila Watkins, the Bureau’s regional commissioner, noted that the recent one-month increase mostly reflected increases in the all items less food and energy index (0.3 percent) and the energy index (1.7 percent). The food index inched up 0.1 percent since January. (Data in this report are not seasonally adjusted. Accordingly, month-to-month changes may reflect the impact of seasonal influences.)
Over the last 12 months, the Northeast all items CPI-U increased 1.7 percent, due largely to an advance in the all items less food and energy index, up 1.1 percent. (See chart 1 and table A.) The energy index and the food index also increased over the year, up 8.8 and 2.0 percent, respectively. (See table 1.)
The food index inched up 0.1 percent since January. Prices were higher for food away from home (0.2 percent), while those for food at home were unchanged.
From February 2017 to February 2018 the food index increased 2.0 percent, as prices for food away from home increased 2.8 percent and prices for food at home rose 1.5 percent.
The energy index, which includes prices for household and transportation fuels, increased 1.7 percent in February, due to higher prices for utility (piped) gas service (7.0 percent) and gasoline (1.7 percent). Prices for electricity edged down 0.2 percent.
The energy index advanced 8.8 percent since February 2017. The increase was mostly due to a 12.4-percent rise in gasoline prices. Prices also increased over the year for utility (piped) gas service (10.2 percent) and electricity (1.7 percent).
The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.3 percent over the month. The recent advance was due in part to a seasonal rise in apparel prices, up 3.1 percent since January. Prices were also higher for household furnishings and operations (1.2 percent) and shelter (0.1 percent), among others.
The index for all items less food and energy increased 1.1 percent since February 2017, led by higher prices for shelter, up 2.0 percent; prices also rose for medical care, up 2.2 percent. Meanwhile, prices were lower over the year for education and communication (-1.7 percent) and household furnishings and operations (-1.6 percent).1.7
The Consumer Price Index for March 2018 is scheduled to be released Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. (ET).
The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a measure of the average change in prices over time in a fixed market basket of goods and services. The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes CPIs for two population groups: (1) a CPI for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) which covers approximately 93 percent of the total population and (2) a CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) which covers approximately 29 percent of the total population. The CPI-U includes, in addition to wage earners and clerical workers, groups such as professional, managerial, and technical workers, the self-employed, short-term workers, the unemployed, and retirees and others not in the labor force.
The CPI is based on prices of food, clothing, shelter, and fuels, transportation fares, charges for doctors' and dentists' services, drugs, and the other goods and services that people buy for day-to-day living. Each month, prices are collected in 75 urban areas across the country from about 5,000 housing units and approximately 22,000 retail establishments--department stores, supermarkets, hospitals, filling stations, and other types of stores and service establishments. All taxes directly associated with the purchase and use of items are included in the index.
The index measures price changes from a designated reference date (1982-84) that equals 100.0. An increase of 16.5 percent, for example, is shown as 116.5. This change can also be expressed in dollars as follows: the price of a base period "market basket" of goods and services in the CPI has risen from $10 in 1982-84 to $11.65. For further details see the CPI home page on the Internet at www.bls.gov/cpi and the BLS Handbook of Methods, Chapter 17, The Consumer Price Index, available on the Internet at www.bls.gov/opub/hom/pdf/homch17.pdf.
In calculating the index, price changes for the various items in each location are averaged together with weights that represent their importance in the spending of the appropriate population group. Local data are then combined to obtain a U.S. city average. Because the sample size of a local area is smaller, the local area index is subject to substantially more sampling and other measurement error than the national index. In addition, local indexes are not adjusted for seasonal influences. As a result, local area indexes show greater volatility than the national index, although their long-term trends are quite similar. Note: Area indexes do not measure differences in the level of prices between cities; they only measure the average change in prices for each area since the base period.
The Northeast region is comprised of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
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|Expenditure category||Indexes||Percent change from|
All items (December 1977 = 100)
Food and beverages
Food at home
Cereals and bakery products
Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs
Dairy and related products
Fruits and vegetables
Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage materials
Other food at home
Food away from home
Rent of primary residence(1)
Fuels and utilities
Utility (piped) gas service(1)
Household furnishings and operations
New and used motor vehicles(3)
Used cars and trucks
Gasoline (all types)
Gasoline, unleaded regular(4)
Gasoline, unleaded premium(4)
Motor vehicle insurance(6)
Medical care commodities
Medical care services
Education and communication(3)
Tuition, other school fees, and child care(6)
Other goods and services
Commodity and service group
Commodities less food and beverages
Nondurables less food and beverages
Special aggregate indexes
All items less shelter
All items less medical care
Commodities less food
Nondurables less food
Services less rent of shelter(2)
Services less medical care services
All items less energy
All items less food and energy
Note: Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.
Last Modified Date: Tuesday, March 13, 2018