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22-1321-ATL
Thursday, November 10, 2022

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Consumer Price Index, Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell — October 2022

Area prices up 10.7 percent over the past 12 months

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell increased 0.5 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 0.7 percent over the bi-monthly period. This increase was partly offset by a 3.3-percent decline in the energy index. The food index continued to rise, increasing 1.4 percent from August to October. (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 10.7 percent for the 12 months ending in October. The index for all items less food and energy rose 10.4 percent over the past year. The food index (+12.7 percent) and the energy index (+9.4 percent) also increased over the past 12 months. (See chart 1 and table 1.)


Food

The food index rose 1.4 percent from August to October, led by a 2.0-percent increase in the food away from home index. The food at home index rose 1.0 percent over the bi-monthly period, reflecting increases in several major grocery store food groups, including other food at home (+2.2 percent) and meats, poultry, fish, and eggs (+1.7 percent).

The food index advanced 12.7 percent for the 12 months ending in October. The food at home index rose 14.0 percent over the past year as all six major grocery store food group indexes increased. The food away from home index also increased over the past year, up 10.8 percent.

Energy

The energy index fell 3.3 percent from August to October, reflecting a 9.5-percent decrease in the gasoline index.

The energy index advanced 9.4 percent for the 12 months ending in October. The gasoline index contributed to the increase, up 3.4 percent over the past year.

All items less food and energy

The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.7 percent from August to October, reflecting increases across several indexes, most notable, shelter (+1.7 percent). Within shelter, owners’ equivalent rent rose 2.1 percent over the bi-monthly period and rent of primary residence rose 1.5 percent. In contrast, the used cars and trucks index declined 6.7 percent from August to October.

The index for all items less food and energy advanced 10.4 percent for the 12 months ending in October. Shelter increased 13.2 percent over the past year, reflecting increases in owners’ equivalent rent (+14.0 percent) and rent of primary residence (+12.2 percent).  

Table A. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA, CPI-U 2-month and 12-month percent changes, all items index, not seasonally adjusted
Month 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
2-month 12-month 2-month 12-month 2-month 12-month 2-month 12-month 2-month 12-month

February

1.2 3.3 1.2 1.3 0.8 2.9 1.6 2.4 2.3 10.6

April

0.2 2.8 1.4 2.5 -1.8 -0.3 1.6 6.0 1.9 10.8

June

1.2 2.8 -0.1 1.1 1.1 0.9 1.8 6.7 2.4 11.5

August

0.3 2.2 1.3 2.2 1.2 0.7 1.1 6.6 1.3 11.7

October

-1.0 1.6 -0.2 3.0 0.3 1.2 1.5 7.9 0.5 10.7

December

-0.6 1.4 -0.3 3.3 0.1 1.6 1.9 9.8

The Consumer Price Index for November 2022 is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, December 13, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. (ET).


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; Telecommunications Relay Service: 7-1-1.

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.
2022
Sep.
2022
Oct.
2022
Oct.
2021
Aug.
2022
Sep.
2022

Expenditure category

All Items

295.469 - 297.058 10.7 0.5 -

All items (1967=100)

891.044 - 895.835 - - -

Food and beverages

303.945 - 308.118 12.1 1.4 -

Food

320.459 - 325.004 12.7 1.4 -

Food at home

300.410 303.310 303.294 14.0 1.0 0.0

Cereals and bakery products

252.432 - 256.526 11.7 1.6 -

Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs

341.633 - 347.350 10.5 1.7 -

Dairy and related products

270.809 - 269.320 14.9 -0.5 -

Fruits and vegetables

344.688 - 338.829 8.4 -1.7 -

Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage materials(1)

324.110 - 327.353 20.5 1.0 -

Other food at home

259.897 - 265.586 18.8 2.2 -

Food away from home

352.322 - 359.517 10.8 2.0 -

Alcoholic beverages

160.664 - 161.796 3.3 0.7 -

Housing

307.338 - 313.056 13.0 1.9 -

Shelter

344.679 347.979 350.408 13.2 1.7 0.7

Rent of primary residence

361.908 365.306 367.193 12.2 1.5 0.5

Owners' equiv. rent of residences(2)

338.028 342.476 345.276 14.0 2.1 0.8

Owners' equiv. rent of primary residence(2)

338.028 342.476 345.276 14.0 2.1 0.8

Fuels and utilities

- - - - - -

Household energy

- - - - - -

Energy Services

- - - - - -

Electricity

- - - - - -

Utility (piped) gas service

- - - - - -

Household furnishings and operations

146.471 - 147.274 9.0 0.5 -

Apparel

159.110 - 162.514 8.5 2.1 -

Transportation

281.361 - 273.656 10.8 -2.7 -

Private transportation

284.041 - 272.704 8.5 -4.0 -

New and used motor vehicles(3)

145.311 - 140.742 - -3.1 -

New vehicles(1)

298.730 - 302.403 - 1.2 -

Used cars and trucks(1)

319.145 - 297.639 0.8 -6.7 -

Motor fuel

315.800 290.478 286.240 4.1 -9.4 -1.5

Gasoline (all types)

312.469 287.021 282.652 3.4 -9.5 -1.5

Unleaded regular(4)

306.429 281.005 276.757 3.2 -9.7 -1.5

Unleaded midgrade(4)(5)

392.915 363.230 356.979 4.3 -9.1 -1.7

Unleaded premium(4)

334.382 311.321 306.393 5.1 -8.4 -1.6

Medical Care

- - - - - -

Recreation(3)

97.642 - 97.671 8.7 0.0 -

Education and communication(3)

139.042 - 139.203 -3.1 0.1 -

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

1,479.218 - 1,506.039 -5.1 1.8 -

Other goods and services

463.011 - 467.054 10.0 0.9 -

Commodity and service group

All Items

295.469 - 297.058 10.7 0.5 -

Commodities

221.755 - 219.964 10.3 -0.8 -

Commodities less food & beverages

183.324 - 179.081 8.7 -2.3 -

Nondurables less food & beverages

229.175 - 224.200 9.0 -2.2 -

Durables

137.783 - 134.362 8.2 -2.5 -

Services

364.298 - 369.419 10.9 1.4 -

Special aggregate indexes

All items less medical care

282.662 - 284.645 11.1 0.7 -

All items less shelter

279.695 - 279.618 9.5 0.0 -

Commodities less food

181.955 - 177.976 8.5 -2.2 -

Nondurables

261.609 - 261.138 10.8 -0.2 -

Nondurables less food

222.062 - 217.724 8.6 -2.0 -

Services less rent of shelter(2)

400.525 - 404.852 8.3 1.1 -

Services less medical care services

346.338 - 352.460 12.0 1.8 -

Energy

283.996 273.442 274.702 9.4 -3.3 0.5

All items less energy

296.629 - 299.175 10.8 0.9 -

All items less food and energy

293.196 - 295.393 10.4 0.7 -

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: Thursday, November 10, 2022