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BLS identified errors in average price data for natural gas for Chicago from May 2018–July 2018. For more information on errors and correction plans, please visit: https://www.bls.gov/bls/errata/cpi-errata-08082018.htm
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Gasoline prices averaged $2.998 per gallon in the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin area in July 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Charlene Peiffer noted that area gasoline prices were up 51.1 cents compared to July 2017 when they averaged $2.487 per gallon. Chicago area households paid an average of 15.8 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity in July 2018, similar to the 16.0 cents paid in July 2017. In July, the average cost of utility (piped) gas was 83.5 cents per therm, lower than its average price of 87.8 cents per therm a year earlier. (Data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.)
The $2.998 per gallon Chicago households paid for gasoline in July 2018 was 6.8 cents more than the nationwide average of $2.930. In each of the previous four years in July (2014-2017), Chicago area gasoline prices also surpassed those of the nation, ranging from 7.9 cents to 14.3 cents more. (See chart 1.)
The 15.8 cents per kWh that Chicago households paid for electricity in July 2018 was 13.7 percent higher than the nationwide average cost of 13.9 cents per kWh. In each of the previous four years (2014-2017) in July, Chicago area electricity costs exceeded the national average, ranging from 10.1 percent to 12.7 percent more. (See chart 2.)
Prices paid by Chicago area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, were 83.5 cents per therm in July 2018, 19.6 percent below the national average of $1.038 per therm. In the previous three years in July (2015-2017), Chicago area utility (piped) gas costs were lower than the national average, ranging from 14.8 percent to 16.1 percent less, whereas local area prices in July 2014 were 8.5 percent higher than the national average. (See chart 3.)
The Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, Ill.-Ind.-Wis., core based statistical area consists of Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will Counties in Illinois; Jasper, Lake, Newton, and Porter Counties in Indiana; and Kenosha County in Wisconsin.
Historical average energy prices for the U.S. and select metropolitan areas are available at www.bls.gov/regions/midwest/data/averageenergyprices_selectedareas_table.htm.
The Consumer Price Index for August 2018 is scheduled to be released on Thursday, September 13, 2018.
Average prices are estimated from Consumer Price Index (CPI) data for selected commodity series to support the research and analytic needs of CPI data users. Average prices for electricity, utility (piped) gas, and gasoline are published monthly for the U.S. city average, the 4 regions, 9 divisions, 2 population size classes, 8 region/size-class cross-classifications, and the 23 largest local index areas. For electricity, average prices per kilowatt-hour (kWh) are published. For utility (piped) gas, average prices per therm are published. For gasoline, the average price per gallon is published. Average prices for commonly available grades of gasoline are published as well as the average price across all grades.
All eligible prices are converted to a price per normalized quantity. These prices are then used to estimate a price for a defined fixed quantity. The average price per kilowatt-hour represents the total bill divided by the kilowatt-hour usage. The total bill is the sum of all items applicable to all consumers appearing on an electricity bill including, but not limited to, variable rates per kWh, fixed costs, taxes, surcharges, and credits. This calculation also applies to the average price per therm for utility (piped) gas.
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|Year and month||Gasoline per gallon||Electricity per kWh||Utility (piped) gas per therm|
|Chicago area||United States||Chicago area||United States||Chicago area||United States|
Note: Dash indicates data not available.
Last Modified Date: Wednesday, August 29, 2018