Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Prices in the Midwest Region, as measured by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), edged down 0.2 percent in November, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (See table A.) The November decrease was influenced by lower prices for gasoline and apparel. (Data in this report are not seasonally adjusted. Accordingly, month-to-month changes may reflect seasonal influences.)
Over the last 12 months, the CPI-U increased 1.9 percent. (See chart 1 and table A.) The index for all items less food and energy rose 2.1 percent over the year. Food prices increased 2.0 percent and energy prices inched up 0.2 percent. (See table 1.)
Food prices were unchanged for the month of November. (See table 1.) Prices for food at home were virtually unchanged (-0.1 percent) and prices for food away from home edged up 0.2 percent for the same period.
Over the year, food prices increased 2.0 percent. Prices for food at home rose 1.3 percent since a year ago, and prices for food away from home were up 2.7 percent.
The energy index decreased 1.7 percent over the month. The decrease was mainly due to lower prices for gasoline (-2.8 percent). Prices for electricity also decreased, -2.2 percent, while prices for natural gas service rose 2.9 percent for the same period.
Energy prices inched up 0.2 percent over the year. Higher prices for natural gas service (1.6 percent) and electricity (0.3 percent) contributed to the increase. Prices for gasoline were virtually unchanged (0.1 percent).
The index for all items less food and energy was little changed, down a slight 0.1 percent, in November. Lower prices for apparel (-3.1 percent) and household furnishings and operations (-0.7 percent) were largely offset by higher prices for recreation (1.1 percent) and education and communication (0.6 percent).
Over the year, the index for all items less food and energy rose 2.1 percent. Components contributing to the increase included shelter (2.9 percent) and medical care services (5.7 percent). Partly offsetting the increases were lower prices for medical care commodities (-2.1 percent) and apparel (-1.1 percent).
The Midwest Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) stood at 238.850 in November 2019. A typical market basket of goods and services that cost $100.00 in the 1982-84 base period cost $238.85 in November 2019.
In November, the Midwest Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) was 232.714. The CPI-W edged down 0.2 percent in November, and advanced 1.9 percent over the year.
The December 2019 Consumer Price Index for the Midwest Region is scheduled to be released on January 14, 2020.
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 6,000 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 Midwest region is comprised of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
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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: Wednesday, December 11, 2019