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Wednesday, November 10, 2021

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

Area prices up 7.9 percent over the year

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell increased 1.5 percent from August to October, 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 rose 1.3 percent over the bi-monthly period. The energy index and the food index also increased from August to October, up 3.3 percent and 1.3 percent, respectively. (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 7.9 percent for the 12 months ending in October. The index for all items less food and energy increased 7.0 percent over the past year, while the energy index rose 28.2 percent. The food index rose 2.4 percent over the past year. (See chart 1 and table 1.)

Food

The food index rose 1.3 percent from August to October, reflecting increases in the food at home (1.5 percent) and the food away from home (1.1 percent) indexes.

The food index increased 2.4 percent for the 12 months ending in October. The food away from home index and the food at home index increased over the past year, up 2.4 percent and 2.3 percent, respectively.

Energy

The energy index rose 3.3 percent from August to October, reflecting a 4.7-percent increase in the gasoline index. The electricity index was unchanged over the bi-monthly period.

The energy index increased 28.2 percent for the 12 months ending in October, led by a 55.7-percent spike in the gasoline index. The electricity index also increased over the past 12 months, up 1.4 percent.  

All items less food and energy

The index for all items less food and energy rose 1.3 percent from August to October. Among the indexes to increase over the bi-monthly period include shelter (1.6 percent) and household furnishings and operations (2.5 percent).

The index for all items less food and energy advanced 7.0 percent for the 12 months ending in October. Several indexes contributed to the increase, most notably shelter (6.7 percent). The used cars and trucks index rose sharply over the past 12 months, up 26.2 percent.

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 1.5 7.9

December

-0.4 3.2 -0.6 1.4 -0.3 3.3 0.1 1.6

The Consumer Price Index for November 2021 is scheduled to be released on Friday, December 10, 2021, at 8:30 a.m. (ET).

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact on October 2021 Consumer Price Index Data

Data collection by personal visit for the Consumer Price Index (CPI) program has been suspended almost entirely since March 16, 2020. When possible, data normally collected by personal visit were collected either online or by phone. Additionally, data collection in October 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-
Aug.
2021
Sep.
2021
Oct.
2021
Oct.
2020
Aug.
2021
Sep.
2021

Expenditure category

All Items

264.502 - 268.362 7.9 1.5 -

All items (1967=100)

797.659 - 809.299 - - -

Food and beverages

271.519 - 274.944 2.4 1.3 -

Food

284.645 - 288.368 2.4 1.3 -

Food at home

262.108 262.663 265.999 2.3 1.5 1.3

Cereals and bakery products

232.178 - 229.593 2.7 -1.1 -

Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs

306.229 - 314.258 7.6 2.6 -

Dairy and related products

231.774 - 234.476 -2.4 1.2 -

Fruits and vegetables

310.139 - 312.537 -1.8 0.8 -

Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage materials(1)

271.528 - 271.756 0.8 0.1 -

Other food at home

217.201 - 223.633 2.2 3.0 -

Food away from home

320.885 - 324.495 2.4 1.1 -

Alcoholic beverages

155.700 - 156.604 3.0 0.6 -

Housing

272.391 - 276.960 6.0 1.7 -

Shelter

304.732 308.310 309.580 6.7 1.6 0.4

Rent of primary residence

318.767 323.519 327.271 7.5 2.7 1.2

Owners' equiv. rent of residences(2)

296.338 300.328 302.748 6.3 2.2 0.8

Owners' equiv. rent of primary residence(2)

296.338 300.328 302.748 6.3 2.2 0.8

Fuels and utilities

312.008 - 316.578 5.1 1.5 -

Household energy

267.965 268.415 272.466 5.6 1.7 1.5

Energy Services

266.182 266.605 270.548 5.4 1.6 1.5

Electricity

223.852 223.852 223.852 1.4 0.0 0.0

Utility (piped) gas service

- - - - - -

Household furnishings and operations

131.786 - 135.096 2.5 2.5 -

Apparel

149.258 - 149.834 11.0 0.4 -

Transportation

239.811 - 246.931 21.3 3.0 -

Private transportation

245.623 - 251.253 23.7 2.3 -

New and used motor vehicles(3)

126.000 - - - - -

New vehicles(1)

- - - - - -

Used cars and trucks(1)

297.691 - 295.245 26.2 -0.8 -

Motor fuel

262.851 262.606 275.098 55.5 4.7 4.8

Gasoline (all types)

261.227 261.012 273.391 55.7 4.7 4.7

Unleaded regular(4)

255.835 255.686 268.257 57.2 4.9 4.9

Unleaded midgrade(4)(5)

330.223 329.886 342.247 50.8 3.6 3.7

Unleaded premium(4)

282.262 281.513 291.603 44.3 3.3 3.6

Motor vehicle insurance(1)

1,285.828 - 1,274.999 7.6 -0.8 -

Medical Care

495.323 - 497.957 2.4 0.5 -

Recreation(3)

90.679 - 89.818 8.0 -0.9 -

Education and communication(3)

144.517 - 143.663 4.0 -0.6 -

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

1,586.985 - 1,586.985 5.0 0.0 -

Other goods and services

415.715 - 424.641 6.8 2.1 -

Commodity and service group

All Items

264.502 - 268.362 7.9 1.5 -

Commodities

196.439 - 199.396 11.2 1.5 -

Commodities less food & beverages

162.035 - 164.696 16.9 1.6 -

Nondurables less food & beverages

200.153 - 205.628 19.1 2.7 -

Durables

123.607 - 124.163 14.5 0.4 -

Services

328.264 - 332.960 5.9 1.4 -

Special aggregate indexes

All items less medical care

252.235 - 256.128 8.4 1.5 -

All items less shelter

251.949 - 255.464 8.5 1.4 -

Commodities less food

161.377 - 163.968 16.3 1.6 -

Nondurables

231.195 - 235.754 9.9 2.0 -

Nondurables less food

195.422 - 200.499 17.9 2.6 -

Services less rent of shelter(2)

369.313 - 373.875 4.8 1.2 -

Services less medical care services

309.787 - 314.716 6.2 1.6 -

Energy

243.165 243.229 251.172 28.2 3.3 3.3

All items less energy

266.582 - 270.022 6.3 1.3 -

All items less food and energy

264.158 - 267.559 7.0 1.3 -

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: Wednesday, November 10, 2021