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Thursday, December 10, 2020

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Consumer Price Index, Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater – November 2020

Area prices up 3.2 percent over the year

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater rose 0.1 percent from September to November, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that the index for all items less food and energy increased 0.3 percent since September. The food index rose 0.1 percent over the bi-monthly period, while the energy index declined 3.6 percent. (Data in this report are not seasonally adjusted. Accordingly, bi-monthly changes may reflect the impact of seasonal influences.)

The all items CPI-U increased 3.2 percent from November 2019 to November 2020. The index for all items less food and energy advanced 3.5 percent over the past 12 months, while the food index jumped 7.5 percent. In contrast, the energy index fell 10.3 percent over the past year. (See table 1.)

Food

The food index rose 0.1 percent from September to November, reflecting a 0.5-percent increase in the food away from home index. The food at home index edged down 0.2 percent over the bi-monthly period.

The food index advanced 7.5 percent for the 12 months ending in November, led by a 11.0-percent jump in the food at home index. The food way from home index also increased over the past year, up 3.3 percent.

Energy

The energy index declined 3.6 percent from September to November, reflecting an 8.0-percent drop in the gasoline index. The utility (piped) gas service index declined 2.8 percent over the bi-monthly period, while the electricity index was unchanged.

The energy index fell 10.3 percent for the 12 months ending in November, led by a 19.3-percent fall in the gasoline index. The electricity and the utility (piped) gas service indexes also declined over the past year, down 2.1 percent and 11.1 percent, respectively.

All items less food and energy

The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.3 percent from September to November. Notable indexes that increased since September include new vehicles (3.9 percent), shelter (0.4 percent), and medical care (0.8 percent). Recreation (-3.5 percent) and motor vehicle insurance (-7.4 percent) were among the indexes to decline over the bi-monthly period.

The index for all items less food and energy advanced 3.5 percent for the 12 months ending in November. Increases in the shelter (4.4 percent) and medical care (7.8 percent) indexes contributed to the over-the-year increase.

Table A. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL, CPI-U 2-month and 12-month percent changes, all items index, not seasonally adjusted
Month201820192020
2-month12-month2-month12-month2-month12-month

January

0.8-1.10.40.73.8

March

0.61.91.70.22.1

May

0.40.92.2-0.30.9

July

0.30.12.11.01.8

September

0.6-0.11.51.43.3

November

-0.32.30.22.00.13.2

The Consumer Price Index for December 2020 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Impact on November 2020 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 November 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 measures 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 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL, Core Based Statistical Area includes Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas Counties.

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,
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL (1987=100 unless otherwise noted) (not seasonally adjusted)
Item and Group

IndexesPercent change from-
Sep.
2020
Oct.
2020
Nov.
2020
Nov.
2019
Sep.
2020
Oct.
2020

Expenditure category

All Items

236.804-236.9893.20.1-

Food and beverages

248.363-248.5977.10.1-

Food

249.106-249.3507.50.1-

Food at home

256.648256.659256.11211.0-0.2-0.2

Cereals and bakery products

276.121-280.9048.21.7-

Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs

241.393-242.12812.60.3-

Dairy and related products

242.900-243.70214.40.3-

Fruits and vegetables

354.662-364.36713.22.7-

Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage materials

196.672-190.8159.2-3.0-

Other food at home

213.503-208.2048.8-2.5-

Food away from home

239.002-240.1703.30.5-

Alcoholic beverages

223.699-223.8013.00.0-

Housing

243.393-244.3684.00.4-

Shelter

280.559280.688281.6444.40.40.3

Rent of primary residence

287.344285.939287.7054.40.10.6

Owners' equiv. rent of residences

294.288295.208295.7364.20.50.2

Owners' equiv. rent of primary residence

294.288295.208295.7364.20.50.2

Fuels and utilities

209.619-211.618-0.21.0-

Household energy

162.906162.879162.748-2.5-0.1-0.1

Energy Services

160.683160.683160.553-2.4-0.1-0.1

Electricity

158.191158.191158.191-2.10.00.0

Utility (piped) gas service

219.980219.980213.903-11.1-2.8-2.8

Household furnishings and operations

129.339-129.2715.4-0.1-

Apparel

124.111-125.149-6.10.8-

Transportation

197.744-198.284-1.40.3-

Private transportation

203.888-202.546-1.1-0.7-

New and used motor vehicles(1)

109.112-113.2835.63.8-

New vehicles

119.559-124.2572.13.9-

Used cars and trucks

146.380-145.37810.1-0.7-

Motor fuel

226.860224.361209.312-19.0-7.7-6.7

Gasoline (all types)

221.808219.348204.146-19.3-8.0-6.9

Unleaded regular(2)

213.206210.129194.868-20.5-8.6-7.3

Unleaded midgrade(2)(3)

228.086229.004217.403-7.0-4.7-5.1

Unleaded premium(2)

258.803261.667249.155-10.8-3.7-4.8

Motor vehicle insurance

632.004-585.3960.7-7.4-

Medical Care

434.878-438.4917.80.8-

Recreation(1)

127.247-122.744-0.4-3.5-

Education and communication(1)

134.339-133.054-0.4-1.0-

Tuition, other school fees, and child care

641.452-644.2532.20.4-

Other goods and services

303.976-303.175-0.6-0.3-

Commodity and service group

All Items

236.804-236.9893.20.1-

Commodities

175.706-175.7832.20.0-

Commodities less food & beverages

139.670-139.677-1.40.0-

Nondurables less food & beverages

191.331-188.866-6.2-1.3-

Durables

92.328-93.5033.71.3-

Services

290.888-291.1633.60.1-

Special aggregate indexes

All items less medical care

226.245-226.2632.70.0-

All items less shelter

218.555-218.3042.4-0.1-

Commodities less food

143.553-143.563-1.20.0-

Nondurables

221.291-220.3101.6-0.4-

Nondurables less food

194.118-191.892-5.3-1.1-

Services less rent of shelter

298.772-297.8962.6-0.3-

Services less medical care services

275.037-275.2953.00.1-

Energy

188.365187.403181.634-10.3-3.6-3.1

All items less energy

240.495-241.2354.10.3-

All items less food and energy

239.362-240.1813.50.3-

Footnotes
(1) Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
(2) Special index based on a substantially smaller sample.
(3) Indexes on a December 1993=100 base.

- Data not available.

 

Last Modified Date: Thursday, December 10, 2020