Friday, April 17, 2015
Prices in the New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island area, as measured by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), edged up 0.2 percent in March, after a 0.3-percent increase in February, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli attributed the rise to higher prices for shelter and other expenditures that were largely offset by lower prices for energy. (Data in this report are not seasonally adjusted. Accordingly, month-to-month changes may reflect the impact of seasonal influences.)
Over the year, the CPI-U inched down 0.1 percent. (See table A.) In contrast, the 12-month percent change for the all items less food and energy index trended upwards, advancing 1.6 percent. (See chart 1 and table 1.)
The food index was unchanged in March, after edging up 0.2 percent in February. A 0.1-percent increase in prices for food away from home offset a 0.1-percent decrease in prices for food at home. Lower prices for ham and other pork products, as well as for flour, fats and oils, and some dairy products, contributed to the dip in grocery prices, which had recorded price increases in each of the last three months.
For the year ended March 2015, the food index rose 2.7 percent. Prices for food at home rose 2.5 percent, and prices for food away from home increased 3.0 percent.
The energy index dropped 2.0 percent, marking the eighth decline in nine months. Prices for electricity fell 11.6 percent, following increases of 5.7 percent in February and 7.3 percent in January. Natural gas prices were also down, 1.6 percent. In contrast to the declines in household energy services, gasoline prices jumped 6.5 percent following eight consecutive declines.
From March 2014 to March 2015, the energy index fell 21.9 percent. Among the household energy components, prices were down 8.5 percent for electricity and 19.7 percent for natural gas. Gasoline prices dropped 32.5 percent.
The index for all items less food and energy increased 0.4 percent, after rising 0.3 percent in February and 0.6 percent in January. Prices for shelter rose 0.3 percent, reflecting higher prices for rent (0.3 percent) and for lodging away from home. Apparel increased 2.6 percent, and medical care posted its fifth consecutive increase, 0.6 percent. Higher prices for cable and satellite television and radio service contributed to a 0.4-percent rise in recreation. Price increases were also reported for used cars and trucks and for household furnishings and operations.
Over the year, the index for all items less food and energy advanced 1.6 percent. Prices for shelter increased 2.3 percent, with residential rent up 3.1 percent. Higher prices were also recorded for medical care (3.8 percent) and for apparel (4.3 percent).
In March, the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) was 254.358, up 0.1 percent over the month. The CPI-W decreased 0.6 percent over the year.
The April 2015 Consumer Price Index for New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island is scheduled to be released Friday, May 22, 2015, at 8:30 a.m. (ET).
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 cities; they only measure the average change in prices for each area since the base period.
The New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, N.Y.-N.J.-Conn.-Pa. consolidated area covered in this release is comprised of Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties in New York State; Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren Counties in New Jersey; Fairfield County and parts of Litchfield, Middlesex, and New Haven Counties in Connecticut; and Pike County in Pennsylvania.
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|Item and Group||Indexes||Percent change from-|
All items (1967=100)
Food and beverages
Food at home
Food away from home
Rent of primary residence (1)
Fuels and utilities
Energy services (1)
Utility (piped) gas service (1)
Household furnishings and operations
Gasoline (all types)
Gasoline, unleaded regular (3)
Gasoline, unleaded premium (3)
Education and communication (5)
Other goods and services
Commodity and service group
Commodities less food and beverages
Nondurables less food and beverages
Special aggregate indexes
All items less medical care
All items less shelter
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: Friday, April 17, 2015