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Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Consumer Price Index, New York-Newark-Jersey City – February 2018
Area prices up 0.5 percent over the month and 1.7 percent over the year
Prices in the New York-Newark-Jersey City area, as measured by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), advanced 0.5 percent in February after increasing 0.4 percent in January, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Chief Regional Economist Martin Kohli attributed much of the increase to rising energy and apparel prices. (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 rose 1.7 percent. The index for all items less food and energy increased 1.2 percent. (See table A and chart 1.) Price increases for shelter drove the 12-month change in both indexes. (See table 1.)
The food index increased 0.3 percent after edging up 0.2 percent in January. Food-at-home prices rose 0.3 percent, led by a 2.6-percent increase in prices for cereals and bakery products, including rice, pasta, and cornmeal and a 2.0-percent increase in nonalcoholic beverages, including coffee and tea. Prices for food away from home rose 0.3 percent.
Over the year, the food index increased 2.3 percent. Prices rose 3.0 percent for food away from home and 1.8 percent for food at home.
The energy index advanced 2.3 percent following a 0.9-percent rise in January. Prices for natural gas jumped 10.4 percent, the largest rise in nearly two years, and gasoline prices increased 2.4 percent for the second consecutive month. Prices for fuel oil also rose. On the other hand, electricity prices declined 1.9 percent.
For the year ended February 2018, energy prices rose 7.1 percent. Prices increased for gasoline (11.5 percent), natural gas (7.9 percent), and fuel oil. Prices for electricity, in contrast, decreased 1.2 percent.
All items less food and energy
The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.4 percent for the second consecutive month. With a seasonal increase, apparel prices rose 5.2 percent after an equal rise in January. Prices for household furnishings and operations and for other goods and services each increased 1.2 percent. Shelter prices ticked up 0.1 percent due to higher prices for out-of-town lodging. Price increases were also reported for recreation (0.4 percent) and for medical care (0.3 percent). These increases were tempered by a 0.3-percent decline in prices for education and communication.
Over the year, the index for all items less food and energy rose 1.2 percent. Shelter prices increased 2.1 percent, with residential rent up 2.2 percent. Prices also increased 2.2 percent for medical care and 2.3 percent for other goods and services. In contrast, apparel prices edged up 0.2 percent, and education and communication prices were down 2.1 percent.
In February, the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) was 267.153, up 0.6 percent over the month. The CPI-W rose 1.9 percent over the year.
The March 2018 Consumer Price Index for New York-Newark-Jersey City is scheduled to be released Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. (ET).
Consumer Price Index Geographic Revision for 2018
In January 2018, BLS introduced a new geographic area sample for the Consumer Price Index (CPI). As part of the new sample, the index for this area was renamed. The indexes using the new structure were published for the first time last month. Additional information on the geographic revision is available at: https://www.bls.gov/cpi/additional-resources/geographic-revision-2018.htm.
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 5,000 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 New York-Newark-Jersey City, N.Y.-N.J.-Pa., Core Based Statistical Area includes Bronx, Dutchess, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, and Westchester Counties in New York; Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, and Union Counties in New Jersey; 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
Cereals and bakery products
Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs
Dairy and related products
Fruits and vegetables
Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage materials(1)
Other food at home
Food away from home
Rent of primary residence(2)
Fuels and utilities
Utility (piped) gas service(2)
Household furnishings and operations
New and used motor vehicles(5)
Used cars and trucks(1)
Gasoline (all types)
Gasoline, unleaded regular(6)
Gasoline, unleaded premium(6)
Motor vehicle insurance(1)
Education and communication(5)
Tuition, other school fees, and child care(1)
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(3)
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: Tuesday, March 13, 2018