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19-1297-PHI
Thursday, July 11, 2019

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Consumer Price Index, Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington – June 2019

Area prices up 0.5 percent since April; 2.1 percent over the year

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington increased 0.5 percent from April to June, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Sheila Watkins noted that the recent two-month rise reflected an 0.7-percent increase in the all items less food and energy index and a 0.3-percent rise in the food index, while the energy index decreased since April, down 1.3 percent. (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 CPI-U increased 2.1 percent. (See chart 1 and table A.) The over-the-year rise was led by an increase in the all items less food and energy index (2.5 percent). The food index also advanced since June 2018, up 2.1 percent, while the energy index declined 1.4 percent. (See table 1.)

Food

The food index rose 0.3 percent over the last two months. Prices for both food away from home and food at home increased since April, up 0.4 and 0.2 percent, respectively.

Over the year, the food index increased 2.1 percent. Prices for food away from home rose 3.0 percent, and those for food at home were up 1.4 percent.

Energy

The energy index, which includes prices for household and transportation fuels, decreased 1.3 percent since April. The 2-month decline was led by a 1.6-percent decrease in gasoline prices. Prices were also lower for utility (piped) gas service (-1.6 percent), while they were higher for electricity (0.8 percent).

Over the year, the energy index declined 1.4 percent, due to lower gasoline prices, down 5.6 percent. Prices were higher for utility (piped) gas service (9.7 percent) and electricity (1.0 percent) since June 2018.

All items less food and energy

The index for all items less food and energy increased 0.7 percent from April to June. Prices were higher for shelter (0.8 percent), household furnishings and operations (4.0 percent), and recreation (1.0 percent), among others.

Since June 2018, the index for all items less food and energy increased 2.5 percent. Prices were higher for a number of items including shelter (3.2 percent), medical care (3.9 percent), and recreation (3.9 percent), while prices were lower for apparel, down 4.1 percent.

Table A. Philadelphia CPI-U 2-month and 12-month percent changes, all items index, not seasonally adjusted
Month20152016201720182019
2-month12-month2-month12-month2-month12-month2-month12-month2-month12-month

February

-0.2-0.10.30.30.72.10.40.50.81.5

April

0.50.00.90.60.01.30.91.41.31.9

June

0.80.20.30.1-0.30.70.21.90.52.1

August

-0.5-0.3-0.20.40.51.40.31.7

October

-0.3-0.50.61.30.00.80.01.6

December

-0.6-0.2-0.11.7-0.10.8-0.71.0

The Consumer Price Index for August 2019 is scheduled to be released Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 8:30 am (ET).


Technical Note

The Consumer Price Index for Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington is published bi-monthly. 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 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD, Core Based Statistical Area includes Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania; Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Salem Counties in New Jersey; New Castle County in Delaware; and Cecil County in Maryland.

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Table 1. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): Indexes and percent changes for selected periods, Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD, (1982-84=100 unless otherwise noted) (not seasonally adjusted)
Expenditure categoryIndexesPercent change from
Historical
data
Apr.
2019
May
2019
Jun.
2019
Jun.
2018
Apr.
2019
May
2019

All items

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSA0
256.528 257.7092.10.5 

All items (1967 = 100)

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BAA0
741.094 744.506   

Food and beverages

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSAF
236.304 237.3681.90.5 

Food

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSAF1
236.919 237.5972.10.3 

Food at home

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSAF11
240.148241.410240.5731.40.2-0.3

Cereals and bakery products

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSAF111
302.787 305.7281.91.0 

Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSAF112
262.254 264.4140.20.8 

Dairy and related products

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSEFJ
200.260 201.0322.10.4 

Fruits and vegetables

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSAF113
278.270 277.8694.1-0.1 

Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage materials(1)

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSAF114
157.701 156.562-2.4-0.7 

Other food at home

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSAF115
220.611 220.0251.7-0.3 

Food away from home

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSEFV
226.917 227.9183.00.4 

Alcoholic beverages

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSAF116
224.915 231.5460.12.9 

Housing

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSAH
265.929 268.8893.51.1 

Shelter

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSAH1
330.829331.137333.5983.20.80.7

Rent of primary residence

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSEHA
307.635307.885308.5221.90.30.2

Owners' equivalent rent of residences(2)

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSEHC
339.766339.926340.4252.50.20.1

Owners' equivalent rent of primary residence(2)

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSEHC01
339.766339.926340.4252.50.20.1

Fuels and utilities

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSAH2
215.093 217.1544.51.0 

Household energy

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSAH21
178.508179.063176.7222.7-1.0-1.3

Energy services

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSEHF
188.038188.699187.7524.2-0.2-0.5

Electricity

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSEHF01
181.901182.910183.3401.00.80.2

Utility (piped) gas service

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSEHF02
185.581185.670182.6799.7-1.6-1.6

Household furnishings and operations

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSAH3
114.774 119.3655.24.0 

Apparel

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSAA
108.752 105.889-4.1-2.6 

Transportation

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSAT
215.394 215.335-1.40.0 

Private transportation

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSAT1
215.354 215.054-1.2-0.1 

New and used motor vehicles(3)

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSETA
98.846 99.5971.50.8 

New vehicles(1)

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSETA01
178.296 179.8711.10.9 

Used cars and trucks(1)

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSETA02
259.471 259.4711.10.0 

Motor fuel

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSETB
261.622269.330257.235-5.6-1.7-4.5

Gasoline (all types)

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSETB01
258.018265.853253.829-5.6-1.6-4.5

Gasoline, unleaded regular(4)

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSS47014
255.036263.052250.667-5.8-1.7-4.7

Gasoline, unleaded midgrade(4)(5)

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSS47015
262.181269.832260.855-4.3-0.5-3.3

Gasoline, unleaded premium(4)

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSS47016
258.470264.273255.531-5.0-1.1-3.3

Motor vehicle insurance(1)

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSETE
724.276 724.276-1.20.0 

Medical care

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSAM
539.820 539.6253.90.0 

Recreation(3)

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSAR
123.000 124.2703.91.0 

Education and communication(3)

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSAE
131.900 131.7180.6-0.1 

Tuition, other school fees, and child care(1)

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSEEB
1,038.607 1,042.8461.10.4 

Other goods and services

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSAG
558.096 550.7982.8-1.3 

Commodity and service group

Commodities

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSAC
182.735 182.2270.4-0.3 

Commodities less food and beverages

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSACL11
152.060 151.049-0.4-0.7 

Nondurables less food and beverages

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSANL11
197.369 193.827-2.0-1.8 

Durables

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSAD
103.368 104.5482.11.1 

Services

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSAS
331.490 334.1712.90.8 

Special aggregate indexes

All items less shelter

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSA0L2
232.159 232.7511.50.3 

All items less medical care

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSA0L5
244.575 245.8221.90.5 

Commodities less food

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSACL1
154.873 154.021-0.4-0.6 

Nondurables

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSAN
218.903 217.253-0.2-0.8 

Nondurables less food

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSANL1
199.208 196.112-1.9-1.6 

Services less rent of shelter(2)

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSASL2RS
339.571 342.2012.60.8 

Services less medical care services

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSASL5
316.139 318.8302.80.9 

Energy

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSA0E
208.636211.869205.886-1.4-1.3-2.8

All items less energy

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSA0LE
263.697 265.3512.40.6 

All items less food and energy

Go to web page with historical data for series CUURS12BSA0L1E
270.859 272.6782.50.7 

Footnotes
(1) Indexes on a December 1977=100 base
(2) Indexes on a December 1982=100 base.
(3) Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
(4) Special index based on a substantially smaller sample.
(5) Indexes on a December 1993=100 base.

 

Last Modified Date: Thursday, July 11, 2019