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Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Consumer Price Index, Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell – February 2019
Area prices up 1.2 percent over the two months and 1.3 percent over the year
The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell increased 1.2 percent over the January-February pricing period, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that the all items less food and energy index also increased 1.2 percent over the pricing period. Since December 2018, the food index and the energy index also advanced, up 0.8 and 1.1 percent, respectively. (Data in this report are not seasonally adjusted. Accordingly, month-to-month changes may reflect the impact of seasonal influences.)
Over the last 12 months, the all items CPI-U increased 1.3 percent. The all items less food and energy index moved up 1.9 percent and the food index rose 1.3 percent over the year. The energy index declined 4.4 percent since February 2018. (See chart 1 and table1.)
The food index rose 0.8 percent over the January-February pricing period, reflecting increases in the food away from home (1.0 percent) and the food at home (0.6 percent) indexes.
The food index increased 1.3 percent for the year ended February 2019. The food away from home index advanced 2.6 percent, while the food at home index edged up 0.3 percent over the last 12 months.
The energy index increased 1.1 percent over the January-February pricing period, led by a 4.8-percent advance in the electricity index. During this same period, the gasoline index rose 1.3 percent, while the utility (piped) gas service index declined 6.1 percent.
Over the year, the energy index declined 4.4 percent, led by a 10.5-percent decrease in the gasoline index. Since February 2018, the indexes for utility (piped) gas service and electricity increased, up 3.7 and 1.0 percent, respectively.
All items less food and energy
The index for all items less food and energy increased 1.2 percent over the January-February pricing period. Increases in the apparel (19.5 percent) and shelter (0.9 percent) indexes were partially offset by a 4.1-percent decline in the new vehicles index.
From February 2018 to February 2019, the index for all items less food and energy advanced 1.9 percent as several indexes recorded increases, most notably shelter (4.2 percent).
The Consumer Price Index for March 2019 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.
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 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 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA, Core Based Statistical Area covered in this release is comprised of Barrow, Bartow, Butts, Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Haralson, Heard, Henry, Jasper, Lamar, Meriwether, Morgan, Newton, Paulding, Pickens, Pike, Rockdale, Spalding, and Walton Counties in Georgia.
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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
Owners' equiv. rent of residences(2)
Owners' equiv. rent of primary residence(2)
Fuels and utilities
Utility (piped) gas service
Household furnishings and operations
New and used motor vehicles(3)
Used cars and trucks(1)
Gasoline (all types)
Motor vehicle insurance(1)
Education and communication(3)
Tuition, other school fees, and child care(1)
Other goods and services
Commodity and service group
Commodities less food & beverages
Nondurables less food & 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
- Data not available.
Last Modified Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019