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21-1639-ATL
Tuesday, September 14, 2021

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Consumer Price Index, Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell – August 2021

Area prices up 6.6 percent over the year

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell increased 1.1 percent from June to August, 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 also increased 1.1 percent over the bi-monthly period. The energy index increased 1.5 percent from June to August, while the food index rose 0.6 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 advanced 6.6 percent for the 12 months ending in August. The index for all items less food and energy increased 5.8 percent over the past year, while the energy index rose 26.0 percent over the last 12 months. The food index rose 1.3 percent over the past year. (See chart 1 and table 1.)


Food

The food index rose 0.6 percent from June to August, reflecting a 1.4-percent increase in the food away from home index. In contrast, the food at home index edged down 0.2 percent over the bi-monthly period.

The food index increased 1.3 percent for the 12 months ending in August, led by a 2.2-percent increase in the food away from home index. The food at home index rose 0.5 percent over the past 12 months.

Energy

The energy index rose 1.5 percent from June to August, reflecting a 1.8-percent increase in the gasoline index. The electricity index was unchanged over the bi-monthly period.

The energy index increased 26.0 percent for the 12 months ending in August, led by a 51.7-percent spike in the gasoline index. The electricity index also increased over the past 12 months, up 1.8 percent.  

All items less food and energy

The index for all items less food and energy rose 1.1 percent from June to August. Among the indexes to increase over the bi-monthly period include shelter (1.2 percent), recreation (3.8 percent), and apparel (5.4 percent).

The index for all items less food and energy advanced 5.8 percent for the 12 months ending in August. Several indexes contributed to the increase, most notably shelter (5.8 percent). The new and used motor vehicles index advanced 18.7 percent over the year—reflecting a 30.9-percent increase in the used cars and trucks index.

Table A. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA, CPI-U 2-month and 12-month percent changes, all items index, not seasonally adjusted
Month 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
2-month 12-month 2-month 12-month 2-month 12-month 2-month 12-month 2-month 12-month

February

1.2 3.5 1.2 3.3 1.2 1.3 0.8 2.9 1.6 2.4

April

0.6 3.2 0.2 2.8 1.4 2.5 -1.8 -0.3 1.6 6.0

June

1.3 3.2 1.2 2.8 -0.1 1.1 1.1 0.9 1.8 6.7

August

0.8 3.5 0.3 2.2 1.3 2.2 1.2 0.7 1.1 6.6

October

-0.3 3.2 -1.0 1.6 -0.2 3.0 0.3 1.2

December

-0.4 3.2 -0.6 1.4 -0.3 3.3 0.1 1.6

The Consumer Price Index for September 2021 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. (ET).

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact on August 2021 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 August 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 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 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 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.

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
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA (1982-84=100 unless otherwise noted)
Item and Group

Indexes Percent change from-
Jun.
2021
Jul.
2021
Aug.
2021
Aug.
2020
Jun.
2021
Jul.
2021

Expenditure category

All Items

261.662 - 264.502 6.6 1.1 -

All items (1967=100)

789.093 - 797.659 - - -

Food and beverages

270.140 - 271.519 1.7 0.5 -

Food

283.088 - 284.645 1.3 0.6 -

Food at home

262.706 262.750 262.108 0.5 -0.2 -0.2

Cereals and bakery products

223.490 - 232.178 3.8 3.9 -

Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs

305.171 - 306.229 2.9 0.3 -

Dairy and related products

237.556 - 231.774 -7.1 -2.4 -

Fruits and vegetables

306.366 - 310.139 3.2 1.2 -

Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage materials(1)

264.628 - 271.528 3.3 2.6 -

Other food at home

226.943 - 217.201 -3.6 -4.3 -

Food away from home

316.562 - 320.885 2.2 1.4 -

Alcoholic beverages

155.811 - 155.700 7.7 -0.1 -

Housing

269.552 - 272.391 5.2 1.1 -

Shelter

301.007 302.481 304.732 5.8 1.2 0.7

Rent of primary residence

312.338 313.870 318.767 6.1 2.1 1.6

Owners' equiv. rent of residences(2)

292.493 294.108 296.338 5.1 1.3 0.8

Owners' equiv. rent of primary residence(2)

292.493 294.108 296.338 5.1 1.3 0.8

Fuels and utilities

308.809 - 312.008 4.6 1.0 -

Household energy

264.961 267.287 267.965 5.1 1.1 0.3

Energy Services

263.258 265.588 266.182 5.1 1.1 0.2

Electricity

223.852 223.852 223.852 1.8 0.0 0.0

Utility (piped) gas service

- - - - - -

Household furnishings and operations

132.065 - 131.786 2.1 -0.2 -

Apparel

141.657 - 149.258 10.4 5.4 -

Transportation

239.414 - 239.811 19.9 0.2 -

Private transportation

243.370 - 245.623 21.6 0.9 -

New and used motor vehicles(3)

125.026 - 126.000 18.7 0.8 -

New vehicles(1)

- - - - - -

Used cars and trucks(1)

300.665 - 297.691 30.9 -1.0 -

Motor fuel

258.110 260.595 262.851 51.5 1.8 0.9

Gasoline (all types)

256.515 258.999 261.227 51.7 1.8 0.9

Unleaded regular(4)

251.133 253.586 255.835 53.0 1.9 0.9

Unleaded midgrade(4)(5)

324.854 327.776 330.223 46.2 1.7 0.7

Unleaded premium(4)

277.829 280.368 282.262 41.5 1.6 0.7

Motor vehicle insurance(1)

1,285.828 - 1,285.828 1.7 0.0 -

Medical Care

490.169 - 495.323 -0.6 1.1 -

Recreation(3)

87.346 - 90.679 4.2 3.8 -

Education and communication(3)

142.321 - 144.517 4.2 1.5 -

Tuition, other school fees, and child care(1)

1,541.114 - 1,586.985 4.8 3.0 -

Other goods and services

414.514 - 415.715 3.4 0.3 -

Commodity and service group

All Items

261.662 - 264.502 6.6 1.1 -

Commodities

193.908 - 196.439 9.7 1.3 -

Commodities less food & beverages

159.239 - 162.035 14.7 1.8 -

Nondurables less food & beverages

197.467 - 200.153 15.7 1.4 -

Durables

120.957 - 123.607 13.7 2.2 -

Services

325.178 - 328.264 4.8 0.9 -

Special aggregate indexes

All items less medical care

249.519 - 252.235 7.3 1.1 -

All items less shelter

249.425 - 251.949 7.0 1.0 -

Commodities less food

158.692 - 161.377 14.5 1.7 -

Nondurables

229.090 - 231.195 8.0 0.9 -

Nondurables less food

192.975 - 195.422 15.1 1.3 -

Services less rent of shelter(2)

367.395 - 369.313 3.5 0.5 -

Services less medical care services

306.977 - 309.787 5.1 0.9 -

Energy

239.539 241.753 243.165 26.0 1.5 0.6

All items less energy

263.822 - 266.582 5.1 1.0 -

All items less food and energy

261.211 - 264.158 5.8 1.1 -

Footnotes
(1) Index is on a December 1977=100 base.
(2) Index is on a December 1982=100 base.
(3) Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
(4) Special index based on a substantially smaller sample.
(5) Indexes on a December 1993=100 base.

- Data not available.
NOTE: Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date. Data not seasonally adjusted.

 

Last Modified Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2021