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16-1320-KAN
Friday, July 15, 2016

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Consumer Price Index, Kansas City – First Half 2016

Prices increased 0.7 percent from the first half of 2015 to the first half of 2016

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for the Kansas City, Mo.-Kan., metropolitan area increased 0.7 percent from the first half of 2015 to the first half of 2016, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Stanley W. Suchman noted that higher costs for shelter (1.9 percent) had the largest upward impact on the index, but was moderated by lower motor fuel costs (-17.3 percent). The broader energy index decreased 8.5 percent, food prices rose 0.8 percent, and the all items less food and energy index advanced 1.6 percent over the year.   

 

Food

Food prices rose 0.8 percent from the first half of 2015 to the first half of 2016, following an increase of 2.1 percent in the same period one year ago. Within the food index, costs for food at home were little changed (0.1 percent), while prices for food away from home rose 1.9 percent over the year. These compared with increases of 1.6 and 2.5 percent, respectively, in the 12-month period that ended in the first half of 2015.

Energy

The energy index, which includes motor fuel and household fuels, decreased 8.5 percent from the first half of 2015 to the first half of 2016, after declining 18.8 percent in the same period one year ago. Falling prices for motor fuel (-17.3 percent), nearly all of which occurred in the latter half of the period, were largely responsible for the decline in the energy index. Costs for utility (piped) gas service, down 8.4 percent over the year, also contributed to the decrease. In contrast, electricity prices rose 3.4 percent from the first half of 2015. During the same period one year ago, motor fuel costs fell 30.7 percent, prices for utility (piped) gas service declined 13.4 percent, and electricity costs rose 1.5 percent.

All items less food and energy

The index for all items less food and energy increased 1.6 percent from the first half of 2015 to the first half of 2016, after registering a gain of 1.2 percent in the same period one year ago. Shelter costs advanced 1.9 percent and had the largest upward impact on the all items less food and energy index. Other expenditure categories that registered higher prices over the year included medical care (3.4 percent) and other goods and services (2.5 percent).

The Kansas City CPI-U stood at 222.963 for the first half of 2016. This means that a market basket of goods and services that cost $100.00 in the 1982-84 base period cost $222.96 in the first half of 2016. Because metropolitan area CPI data are not adjusted for seasonal price variation, consumers and businesses should be cautious in drawing conclusions about long-term retail price trends from short-term changes in the metropolitan area indexes.

CPI-W

The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) for the Kansas City, Mo.-Kan., metropolitan area for the first half of 2016 was 213.196. The CPI-W increased 0.4 percent from the first half of 2015 to the first half of 2016.

The Consumer Price Index for the Second Half of 2016 is scheduled to be released in January 2017.


Technical Note

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 89 percent of the total population and (2) a CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) which covers approximately 28 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 87 urban areas across the country from about 6,000 housing units and approximately 24,000 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/homch17_a.htm.

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 areas; they only measure the average change in prices for each area since the base period.

The Kansas City, Mo.-Kan., area covered in this release includes Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami, and Wyandotte Counties in Kansas; and Cass, Clay, Clinton, Jackson, Lafayette, Platte, and Ray Counties in Missouri.

Information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (202) 691-5200; Federal Relay Service: (800) 877-8339.

Table 1. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): Indexes for semiannual averages and percent changes for selected periods

Kansas City, MO-KS (1982-84=100 unless otherwise noted)
Item and Group

 
Semiannual average indexes
 
Percent change to
1st half 2016 from-
1st half
2015
2nd half
2015
1st half
2016
1st half
2015
2nd half
2015

Expenditure category

 
 

All Items

221.505223.051222.9630.70.0

All items (1967=100)

657.726662.319662.056  

Food and beverages

255.432256.995257.3930.80.2

Food

260.504262.238262.6690.80.2

Food at home

249.404250.644249.5470.1-0.4

Food away from home

278.191280.691283.5991.91.0

Alcoholic beverages

196.384196.205196.3940.00.1

Housing

211.173212.652214.3791.50.8

Shelter

235.647237.754240.1521.91.0

Rent of primary residence (1)

240.491244.553246.0572.30.6

Owners' equiv. rent of residences (1) (2)

230.495232.980235.7522.31.2

Owners' equiv. rent of primary residence (1) (2)

230.495232.980235.7522.31.2

Fuels and utilities

227.333228.211229.0210.70.4

Household energy

191.597190.042189.950-0.90.0

Energy services (1)

189.440187.788187.969-0.80.1

Electricity (1)

158.766162.729164.2193.40.9

Utility (piped) gas service (1)

188.958175.896173.163-8.4-1.6

Household furnishings and operations

123.576123.274123.9400.30.5

Apparel

116.529113.271115.314-1.01.8

Transportation

192.376193.754186.195-3.2-3.9

Private transportation

189.793190.784182.426-3.9-4.4

Motor fuel

211.974211.472175.268-17.3-17.1

Gasoline (all types)

211.172210.870174.716-17.3-17.1

Gasoline, unleaded regular (3)

205.905205.278168.989-17.9-17.7

Gasoline, unleaded midgrade (3) (4)

256.530256.434220.676-14.0-13.9

Gasoline, unleaded premium (3)

211.210215.168187.095-11.4-13.0

Medical Care

343.775351.078355.5033.41.3

Recreation (5)

129.837130.430131.0110.90.4

Education and communication (5)

125.422126.657125.4880.1-0.9

Other goods and services

385.861390.107395.6222.51.4
 

Commodity and Service Group

 
 

All Items

221.505223.051222.9630.70.0

Commodities

184.182184.292181.264-1.6-1.6

Commodities less food & beverages

150.881150.384145.920-3.3-3.0

Nondurables less food & beverages

195.595195.169186.746-4.5-4.3

Durables

108.005107.470106.664-1.2-0.7

Services

257.946260.832263.4552.11.0
 

Special aggregate indexes:

 
 

All items less medical care

214.623215.827215.4690.4-0.2

All items less shelter

217.807219.148218.0870.1-0.5

Commodities less food

152.621152.136147.842-3.1-2.8

Nondurables

224.367224.884220.653-1.7-1.9

Nondurables less food

196.282195.874188.056-4.2-4.0

Services less rent of shelter (2)

293.262297.152300.0772.31.0

Services less medical care services

245.292247.680250.0641.91.0

Energy

203.470202.359186.212-8.5-8.0

All items less energy

224.567226.388227.9551.50.7

All items less food and energy

218.718220.554222.2931.60.8

Footnotes
(1) This index series was calculated using a Laspeyres estimator. All other item stratum index series were calculated using a geometric means estimator.
(2) Index is on a December 1982=100 base.
(3) Special index based on a substantially smaller sample.
(4) Indexes on a December 1993=100 base.
(5) Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
 

Table 2. Consumer Price Index for Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W): Indexes for semiannual averages and percent changes for selected periods

Kansas City, MO-KS (1982-84=100 unless otherwise noted)
Item and Group

 
Semiannual average indexes
 
Percent change to
1st half 2016 from-
1st half
2015
2nd half
2015
1st half
2016
1st half
2015
2nd half
2015

Expenditure category

 
 

All Items

212.284213.868213.1960.4-0.3

All items (1967=100)

621.993626.633624.664  

Food and beverages

258.157259.831259.7730.60.0

Food

262.390264.192264.1350.70.0

Food at home

248.861250.242248.7840.0-0.6

Food away from home

284.912287.437290.2181.91.0

Alcoholic beverages

200.241200.198200.5790.20.2

Housing

201.984203.691205.2141.60.7

Shelter

222.574224.932227.2122.11.0

Rent of primary residence (1)

240.491244.553246.0572.30.6

Owners' equiv. rent of residences (1) (2)

209.851212.114214.6382.31.2

Owners' equiv. rent of primary residence (1) (2)

209.851212.114214.6382.31.2

Fuels and utilities

227.304228.152228.8640.70.3

Household energy

192.081190.412190.110-1.0-0.2

Energy services (1)

190.074188.408188.631-0.80.1

Electricity (1)

158.768162.731164.2213.40.9

Utility (piped) gas service (1)

188.957175.895173.162-8.4-1.6

Household furnishings and operations

111.914111.770112.4410.50.6

Apparel

107.449104.280106.550-0.82.2

Transportation

178.193179.155169.706-4.8-5.3

Private transportation

176.977177.767168.115-5.0-5.4

Motor fuel

211.906211.469175.213-17.3-17.1

Gasoline (all types)

211.167210.865174.712-17.3-17.1

Gasoline, unleaded regular (3)

205.903205.276168.987-17.9-17.7

Gasoline, unleaded midgrade (3) (4)

256.530256.434220.676-14.0-13.9

Gasoline, unleaded premium (3)

211.202215.160187.088-11.4-13.0

Medical Care

351.120358.431363.6533.61.5

Recreation (5)

128.190128.708129.4321.00.6

Education and communication (5)

113.490114.530113.167-0.3-1.2

Other goods and services

413.882423.491429.8323.91.5
 

Commodity and Service Group

 
 

All Items

212.284213.868213.1960.4-0.3

Commodities

179.971180.299176.358-2.0-2.2

Commodities less food & beverages

145.521145.284139.552-4.1-3.9

Nondurables less food & beverages

193.314193.348182.878-5.4-5.4

Durables

108.674108.145107.286-1.3-0.8

Services

248.500251.338253.8652.21.0
 

Special aggregate indexes:

 
 

All items less medical care

206.251207.560206.6120.2-0.5

All items less shelter

209.390210.680208.849-0.3-0.9

Commodities less food

147.414147.182141.595-3.9-3.8

Nondurables

224.218225.016219.429-2.1-2.5

Nondurables less food

194.430194.460184.447-5.1-5.1

Services less rent of shelter (2)

256.560259.681262.2832.21.0

Services less medical care services

235.858238.302240.5612.00.9

Energy

200.888199.800182.606-9.1-8.6

All items less energy

215.319217.249218.7581.60.7

All items less food and energy

206.099208.045209.7651.80.8

Footnotes
(1) This index series was calculated using a Laspeyres estimator. All other item stratum index series were calculated using a geometric means estimator.
(2) Index is on a December 1984=100 base.
(3) Special index based on a substantially smaller sample.
(4) Indexes on a December 1993=100 base.
(5) Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
 

 

Last Modified Date: Friday, July 15, 2016