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Thursday, June 10, 2021

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Consumer Price Index, Midwest Region – May 2021

Regional prices up 1.0 percent over the past month, up 5.6 percent from a year ago

Prices in the Midwest Region, as measured by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), advanced 1.0 percent in May, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (See table A.) The May increase was most influenced by higher prices for all items less food and energy. (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 advanced 5.6 percent. (See chart 1 and table A.) The index for all items less food and energy rose 4.3 percent over the year. Energy prices jumped 30.8 percent, largely the result of an increase in the price of gasoline. Food prices rose 2.1 percent. (See table 1.)

Food

Food prices advanced 0.7 percent for the month of May. (See table 1.) Prices for food away from home rose 1.3 percent, and food at home inched up 0.1 percent for the same period.

Over the year, food prices rose 2.1 percent. Prices for food away from home advanced 5.2 percent since a year ago and food at home decreased 0.3 percent.

Energy

The energy index rose 2.9 percent over the month. The increase was mainly due to higher prices for gasoline (3.5 percent). Prices for natural gas service increased 3.4 percent, and prices for electricity rose 1.7 percent for the same period.

Energy prices surged 30.8 percent over the year, largely due to higher prices for gasoline (59.8 percent). Prices paid for natural gas service jumped 26.4 percent and prices for electricity rose 1.0 percent during the past year.

All items less food and energy

The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.9 percent in May. Higher prices for used cars and trucks (6.2 percent), shelter (0.3 percent) and new vehicles (2.6 percent) were partially offset by lower prices for medical care commodities (-0.2 percent) and other goods and services (-0.1 percent).

Over the year, the index for all items less food and energy rose 4.3 percent. Components contributing to the increase included used cars and trucks (30.4 percent), and shelter (2.6 percent). A price decrease in medical care commodities (-2.0 percent) did little to slow the advance of the overall index.

Table A. Midwest region CPI-U 1-month and 12-month percent changes, all items index, not seasonally adjusted
Month20172018201920202021
1-month12-month1-month12-month1-month12-month1-month12-month1-month12-month

January

0.72.20.41.6-0.20.80.42.50.51.2

February

0.82.40.91.70.91.30.32.10.81.7

March

0.21.90.41.81.31.7-0.51.00.73.0

April

0.51.80.61.80.91.5-1.1-0.40.84.9

May

0.41.40.92.30.61.30.3-0.41.05.6

June

0.00.90.72.50.31.20.80.4

July

0.11.30.12.40.21.50.50.7

August

0.31.5-0.12.10.21.50.41.1

September

0.51.50.11.90.01.40.21.3

October

0.11.50.22.20.21.5-0.11.0

November

0.01.9-0.51.40.01.9-0.21.0

December

0.01.7-0.91.3-0.22.30.11.1

The June 2021 Consumer Price Index for the Midwest Region is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, July 13, 2021.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Impact on May 2021 Consumer Price Index Data

Data collection by personal visit for the Consumer Price Index (CPI) program has been suspended since March 16, 2020. When possible, data normally collected by personal visit were collected either online or by phone. Additionally, data collection in May 2021 was affected by the temporary closing or limited operations of certain types of establishments. These factors resulted in an increase in the number of prices considered temporarily unavailable and imputed. While the CPI program attempted to collect as much data as possible, many indexes are based on smaller amounts of collected prices than usual, and a small number of indexes that are normally published were not published this month. Additional information is available at www.bls.gov/covid19/effects-of-covid-19-pandemic-on-consumer-price-index.htm.


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 93 percent of the total U.S. population and (2) a CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) which covers approximately 29 percent of the total U.S. 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; for most of the CPI-U the reference base is 1982-84 equals 100. An increase of 7 percent from the reference base, for example, is shown as 107.000.  Alternatively, that relationship can also be expressed as the price of a base period market basket of goods and services rising from $100 to $107. For further details see the CPI home page on the internet at www.bls.gov/cpi and the CPI section of the BLS Handbook of Methods available on the internet at www.bls.gov/opub/hom/cpi/.

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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Table 1. Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U): Indexes and percent changes for selected periods, Midwest Region, (1982-84=100 unless otherwise noted) (not seasonally adjusted)
Expenditure categoryIndexesPercent change from
Mar.
2021
Apr.
2021
May
2021
May
2020
Mar.
2021
Apr.
2021

All items

246.246248.169250.5825.61.81.0

All items (December 1977 = 100)

400.657403.784407.711   

Food and beverages

257.839258.926260.6992.21.10.7

Food

257.522258.666260.3722.11.10.7

Food at home

236.421237.832238.169-0.30.70.1

Cereals and bakery products

266.884268.483269.2282.50.90.3

Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs

258.463259.467264.274-4.72.21.9

Dairy and related products

208.663208.721209.0371.50.20.2

Fruits and vegetables

277.436282.067286.3663.53.21.5

Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage materials

172.645172.048168.655-0.1-2.3-2.0

Other food at home

204.534206.096203.672-1.0-0.4-1.2

Food away from home

292.365293.123296.9065.21.61.3

Alcoholic beverages

260.342260.706263.3123.01.11.0

Housing

242.209243.467244.8833.41.10.6

Shelter

290.464291.656292.5712.60.70.3

Rent of primary residence(1)

292.777293.452294.0512.50.40.2

Owners' equivalent rent of residences(1)(2)

297.566298.401299.1812.60.50.3

Owners' equivalent rent of primary residence(1)(2)

297.487298.319299.1002.60.50.3

Fuels and utilities

231.207232.748236.5357.72.31.6

Household energy

185.415186.910190.9859.23.02.2

Energy services(1)

191.221193.353197.8138.73.42.3

Electricity(1)

201.986200.386203.8851.00.91.7

Utility (piped) gas service(1)

161.579169.477175.16426.48.43.4

Household furnishings and operations

119.950121.198122.6704.82.31.2

Apparel

113.075112.027112.1375.0-0.80.1

Transportation

208.068214.868222.26521.06.83.4

Private transportation

206.586212.755219.26520.96.13.1

New and used motor vehicles(3)

101.170105.690110.26713.09.04.3

New vehicles

139.018139.867143.5183.83.22.6

New cars and trucks(3)(4)

98.29198.891101.4633.83.22.6

New cars(4)

137.104137.040140.4833.82.52.5

Used cars and trucks

153.483168.641179.16230.416.76.2

Motor fuel

246.035253.691262.50958.96.73.5

Gasoline (all types)

244.693252.459261.37959.86.83.5

Gasoline, unleaded regular(4)

238.331246.037254.90861.27.03.6

Gasoline, unleaded midgrade(4)(5)

284.381290.745300.92054.15.83.5

Gasoline, unleaded premium(4)

266.566274.030281.61845.85.62.8

Motor vehicle insurance(6)

742.993740.932742.43822.1-0.10.2

Medical care

525.593523.738523.5901.6-0.40.0

Medical care commodities

374.872374.730373.797-2.0-0.3-0.2

Medical care services

575.682573.274573.3762.3-0.40.0

Professional services

440.347434.100435.3811.8-1.10.3

Recreation(3)

125.974126.499127.3553.51.10.7

Education and communication(3)

141.141141.016141.3921.80.20.3

Tuition, other school fees, and child care(6)

1,220.9561,219.3421,224.4922.10.30.4

Other goods and services

451.954453.953453.5652.00.4-0.1

Commodity and service group

Commodities

185.171187.652190.5718.62.91.6

Commodities less food and beverages

150.500153.373156.57512.84.02.1

Nondurables less food and beverages

196.798198.279200.26814.91.81.0

Durables

105.705109.074112.62810.86.53.3

Services

309.237310.492312.2873.71.00.6

Special aggregate indexes

All items less shelter

232.834235.007237.9306.92.21.2

All items less medical care

233.014235.124237.6686.12.01.1

Commodities less food

153.899156.715159.91312.43.92.0

Nondurables

226.707228.007229.9027.61.40.8

Nondurables less food

200.157201.563203.58513.81.71.0

Services less rent of shelter(2)

338.579339.921342.7144.71.20.8

Services less medical care services

289.278290.832292.7713.91.20.7

Energy

212.902217.170223.38330.84.92.9

All items less energy

252.663254.394256.4904.01.50.8

All items less food and energy

252.546254.386256.5564.31.60.9

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) 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.
(6) Indexes on a December 1977=100 base.

Note: Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.

 

Last Modified Date: Thursday, June 10, 2021