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Thursday, April 14, 2016

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Consumer Price Index, New York-Northern New Jersey – March 2016

Area prices up 0.2 percent over the month and 0.7 percent over the year

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 for the third consecutive month in March, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli attributed the increase to higher prices for energy and shelter. (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 was up 0.7 percent. (See table A.) The index for all items less food and energy increased 1.8 percent. (See chart 1.) Higher prices for shelter drove the 12-month change in both indexes. (See table 1.)

Food

The food index declined 0.3 percent in March driven by lower prices for food at home (-0.8 percent). Price declines for flour and prepared flour mixes and ground beef contributed to the drop in grocery prices. By contrast, prices for food away from home rose 0.3 percent.

Over the year, the food index increased 0.4 percent. While at-home food prices declined 1.5 percent, away-from-home food prices rose 3.2 percent.

Energy

The energy index rose 3.7 percent in March, following eight consecutive monthly declines. Household energy prices rose 4.6 percent—the largest increase in over two years—with higher prices for natural gas (10.8 percent), electricity (2.8 percent), and fuel oil. Gasoline prices rose 2.0 percent.

For the year ended in March 2016, the energy index fell 12.7 percent. The decline was driven by a 21.8-percent drop in gasoline prices, along with lower prices for fuel oil. Electricity prices also declined, 3.8 percent.

All items less food and energy

The index for all items less food and energy inched up 0.1 percent. Shelter prices inched up 0.1 percent. Increases in both owners’ equivalent rent (0.2 percent) and residential rent (0.1 percent) contributed to the price rise. Recreation rose 0.6 percent, with higher prices reported for club dues and fees for participant sports and group exercises. Household furnishings and operations also increased 0.6 percent, and other goods and services rose 0.5 percent. Price indexes for medical care and education and communication were unchanged.

From March 2015 to March 2016, the index for all items less food and energy advanced 1.8 percent. Shelter prices rose 2.9 percent, reflecting higher prices for residential rent (3.9 percent) and owners’ equivalent rent (3.0 percent). Other categories with higher prices included other goods and services (3.2 percent), education and communication (2.3 percent), and medical care (1.6 percent).

Table A. New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island CPI-U 1-month and 12-month percent changes (not seasonally adjusted)
Month201120122013201420152016
1-month12-month1-month12-month1-month12-month1-month12-month1-month12-month1-month12-month

January

0.31.50.42.80.52.20.91.90.1-0.50.20.8

February

0.52.10.42.60.62.4-0.21.10.30.10.20.6

March

0.72.30.62.60.11.90.41.30.2-0.10.20.7

April

0.42.50.22.4-0.21.40.01.60.10.0  

May

0.62.90.11.80.11.40.51.90.4-0.1  

June

0.23.2-0.11.60.31.80.01.70.20.1  

July

0.33.3-0.21.10.22.10.11.6-0.1-0.1  

August

0.43.50.61.40.11.7-0.21.30.10.1  

September

0.23.80.41.60.31.60.01.00.20.3  

October

-0.23.3-0.11.7-0.61.1-0.21.3-0.10.4  

November

-0.33.00.02.00.11.2-0.40.8-0.20.6  

December

-0.42.7-0.32.10.01.5-0.50.3-0.40.7  

CPI-W

In March, the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) was 256.012, up 0.3 percent over the month. The CPI-W rose 0.7 percent over the year.

The April 2016 Consumer Price Index for New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island is scheduled to be released Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at 8:30 a.m. (ET).


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/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 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.

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 and percent changes for selected periods, New York-Northern N.J.-Long Island, NY-NJ-CT-PA (1982-84=100 unless otherwise noted)(not seasonally adjusted)
Item and GroupIndexesPercent change from-
Jan.
2016
Feb.
2016
March
2016
March
2015
Jan.
2016
Feb.
2016
 

Expenditure category

 
 

All items

260.342260.875261.5080.70.40.2

All items (1967=100)

752.612754.153755.983   
 

Food and beverages

258.139257.176256.3860.5-0.7-0.3

Food

258.143257.139256.2580.4-0.7-0.3

Food at home

254.764252.679250.602-1.5-1.6-0.8

Food away from home

269.680270.223271.0623.20.50.3

Alcoholic beverages

253.675253.288253.7382.00.00.2
 

Housing

280.378280.952282.3221.70.70.5

Shelter

354.211355.645356.1332.90.50.1

Rent of primary residence (1)

367.552368.693369.1853.90.40.1

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

361.376362.154362.7143.00.40.2

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

360.930361.705362.2662.90.40.2

Fuels and utilities

173.800171.281177.962-5.62.43.9

Household energy

164.783161.641169.118-7.02.64.6

Energy services (1)

161.094158.285166.466-2.23.35.2

Electricity (1)

175.765172.533177.430-3.80.92.8

Utility (piped) gas service (1)

126.638124.721138.1681.69.110.8

Household furnishings and operations

112.542112.376113.012-2.30.40.6
 

Apparel

126.608131.283131.207-1.83.6-0.1
 

Transportation

204.878203.647204.036-3.7-0.40.2

Private transportation

190.689187.944188.566-4.7-1.10.3

Motor fuel

159.057147.105150.069-21.8-5.72.0

Gasoline (all types)

158.357146.459149.409-21.8-5.72.0

Gasoline, unleaded regular (3)

155.611143.421146.864-22.8-5.62.4

Gasoline, unleaded midgrade (3) (4)

174.355164.097163.927-17.6-6.0-0.1

Gasoline, unleaded premium (3)

178.737168.610168.705-15.4-5.60.1
 

Medical care

451.773457.224457.0771.61.20.0
 

Recreation (5)

118.595118.637119.296-0.20.60.6
 

Education and communication (5)

143.617143.642143.6042.30.00.0
 

Other goods and services

409.048411.739413.7723.21.20.5
 

Commodity and service group

 
 

All items

260.342260.875261.5080.70.40.2

Commodities

184.350184.012184.251-2.7-0.10.1

Commodities less food and beverages

139.661139.632140.333-5.30.50.5

Nondurables less food and beverages

171.401171.271172.651-7.10.70.8

Durables

97.76797.83997.818-1.90.10.0

Services

324.812326.020326.9692.30.70.3
 

Special aggregate indexes

 
 

All items less medical care

252.005252.333252.9970.60.40.3

All items less shelter

223.204223.371224.067-0.70.40.3

Commodities less food

143.948143.907144.604-5.00.50.5

Nondurables

215.997215.464215.825-2.8-0.10.2

Nondurables less food

176.390176.245177.572-6.40.70.8

Services less rent of shelter (2)

303.449304.439305.9131.50.80.5

Services less medical care services

314.510315.500316.6502.30.70.4

Energy

164.917158.388164.258-12.7-0.43.7

All items less energy

271.356272.554272.7021.60.50.1

All items less food and energy

275.510277.089277.4121.80.70.1

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.
 

Note: Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.
The New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-CT-PA consolidated area comprises the five boroughs of New York City, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Putnam, Dutchess, and Orange Counties in New York State; Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Monmouth, Middlesex, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren Counties in New Jersey; Fairfield County and parts of Litchfield, New Haven, and Middlesex Counties in Connecticut; and Pike County in Pennsylvania.
 

 

Last Modified Date: Thursday, April 14, 2016