Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Gasoline prices averaged $2.796 per gallon in the Chicago-Naperville-Elgin area in September 2019, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Charlene Peiffer noted that area gasoline prices were down 19.4 cents compared to September 2018 when they averaged $2.990 per gallon. Chicago area households paid an average of 16.1 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of electricity in September 2019, compared to 15.7 cents in September 2018. In September, the average cost of utility (piped) gas was 75.6 cents per therm, less than its average price of 85.3 cents per therm a year earlier. (Data in this release are not seasonally adjusted; accordingly, over-the-year-analysis is used throughout.)
The $2.796 per gallon Chicago households paid for gasoline in September 2019 was 10.2 cents more than the nationwide average of $2.694. Excluding September 2017, when average gasoline costs in Chicago matched the national average, average gasoline costs have been above the U.S. average during the past four Septembers (2015-2018), ranging from 6.0 cents to 27.4 cents more. (See chart 1.)
The 16.1 cents per kWh that Chicago households paid for electricity in September 2019 was 15.8 percent more than the nationwide average cost of 13.9 cents per kWh. In each of the prior four years (2015-2018) in September, electricity costs in Chicago were higher than the national average, ranging from 8.6 percent to 13.8 percent more. (See chart 2.)
Prices paid by Chicago area consumers for utility (piped) gas, commonly referred to as natural gas, were 75.6 cents per therm in September 2019, 25.8 percent less the national average of $1.019 per therm. In each of the previous four years (2015-2018) in September, Chicago area utility (piped) gas costs were lower than the national average, ranging from 11.5 percent to 17.2 percent less. (See chart 3.)
The Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI, 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 October 2019 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, November 13, 2019.
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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Last Modified Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019