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Thursday, February 13, 2020

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Consumer Price Index for Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater – January 2020

Area prices up 0.7 percent since November and 3.8 percent over the year

The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater increased 0.7 percent from November to January, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Janet S. Rankin noted that the all items less food and energy index rose 0.6 percent since November. The food index increased 1.2 percent over the bi-monthly period, while the energy index was little changed, up 0.1 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 3.8 percent from January 2019 to January 2020. The all items less food and energy index advanced 3.7 percent over the past 12 months. The energy and the food indexes also increased over the year, up 6.8 and 2.9 percent, respectively. (See table 1.)

Food

The food index rose 1.2 percent from November to January, led by a 1.8-percent increase in the food away from home index. The food at home index rose 0.6 percent over the bi-monthly period.

The food index advanced 2.9 percent for the 12 months ending January, reflecting increases in the food away from home (4.7 percent) and the food at home (1.4 percent) indexes.  

Energy

The energy index was little changed from November to January, up 0.1 percent. A 2.1-percent increase in the gasoline index was largely offset by a 2.2-percent decline in the electricity index. The utility (piped) gas service index was unchanged over the bi-monthly period.  

The energy index advanced 6.8 percent for the 12 months ending January, reflecting a 14.6-percent increase in the gasoline index. Over the past year, the utility (piped) gas service index rose 2.0 percent, while the electricity index declined 0.8 percent.  

All items less food and energy

The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.6 percent from November to January. Several indexes increased since November including shelter (0.7 percent), new vehicles (3.8 percent), and recreation (2.0 percent).

Since January 2019, the index for all items less food and energy advanced 3.7 percent, led by increases in the shelter and new vehicles indexes, up 3.9 and 11.4 percent, respectively.

Table A. Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL, CPI-U 2-month and 12-month percent changes, all items index, not seasonally adjusted
Month 2018 2019 2020
2-month 12-month 2-month 12-month 2-month 12-month

January

0.8 -1.1 0.4 0.7 3.8

March

0.6 1.9 1.7

May

0.4 0.9 2.2

July

0.3 0.1 2.1

September

0.6 -0.1 1.5

November

-0.3 2.3 0.2 2.0

The Consumer Price Index for February 2020 is scheduled to be released on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.


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 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 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

Indexes Percent change from-
Nov.
2019
Dec.
2019
Jan.
2020
Jan.
2019
Nov.
2019
Dec.
2019

Expenditure category

All Items

229.740 - 231.258 3.8 0.7 -

Food and beverages

232.029 - 234.623 3.0 1.1 -

Food

231.985 - 234.751 2.9 1.2 -

Food at home

230.744 232.835 232.141 1.4 0.6 -0.3

Cereals and bakery products

259.521 - 257.632 0.1 -0.7 -

Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs

215.019 - 227.320 5.5 5.7 -

Dairy and related products

213.004 - 214.498 2.9 0.7 -

Fruits and vegetables

321.811 - 322.268 1.0 0.1 -

Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage materials

174.689 - 172.481 0.7 -1.3 -

Other food at home

191.340 - 186.209 -2.3 -2.7 -

Food away from home

232.462 - 236.739 4.7 1.8 -

Alcoholic beverages

217.243 - 217.605 5.3 0.2 -

Housing

234.893 - 236.285 3.5 0.6 -

Shelter

269.779 270.348 271.608 3.9 0.7 0.5

Rent of primary residence

275.480 276.633 278.046 4.7 0.9 0.5

Owners' equiv. rent of residences

283.855 284.300 285.950 3.7 0.7 0.6

Owners' equiv. rent of primary residence

283.855 284.300 285.950 3.7 0.7 0.6

Fuels and utilities

212.014 - 209.111 0.3 -1.4 -

Household energy

167.006 167.010 163.409 -0.7 -2.2 -2.2

Energy Services

164.525 164.525 160.956 -0.8 -2.2 -2.2

Electricity

161.639 161.639 158.020 -0.8 -2.2 -2.2

Utility (piped) gas service

240.646 240.635 240.635 2.0 0.0 0.0

Household furnishings and operations

122.613 - 125.097 4.3 2.0 -

Apparel

133.286 - 129.124 -11.4 -3.1 -

Transportation

201.157 - 202.859 8.0 0.8 -

Private transportation

204.900 - 208.071 7.8 1.5 -

New and used motor vehicles(1)

107.313 - 109.169 8.0 1.7 -

New vehicles

121.658 - 126.321 11.4 3.8 -

Used cars and trucks

132.095 - 130.247 -2.5 -1.4 -

Motor fuel

258.472 270.896 264.292 14.6 2.3 -2.4

Gasoline (all types)

252.960 265.192 258.299 14.6 2.1 -2.6

Unleaded regular(2)

245.012 258.249 250.582 15.8 2.3 -3.0

Unleaded midgrade(2)(3)

233.651 235.660 236.032 6.6 1.0 0.2

Unleaded premium(2)

279.173 281.398 281.742 6.1 0.9 0.1

Motor vehicle insurance

581.255 - 581.255 2.2 0.0 -

Medical Care

406.881 - 410.600 5.3 0.9 -

Recreation(1)

123.280 - 125.733 2.7 2.0 -

Education and communication(1)

133.627 - 133.162 2.0 -0.3 -

Tuition, other school fees, and child care

630.519 - 630.519 1.8 0.0 -

Other goods and services

304.852 - 303.929 0.6 -0.3 -

Commodity and service group

All Items

229.740 - 231.258 3.8 0.7 -

Commodities

172.047 - 174.268 3.4 1.3 -

Commodities less food & beverages

141.673 - 143.652 3.7 1.4 -

Nondurables less food & beverages

201.403 - 202.248 1.6 0.4 -

Durables

90.181 - 92.376 5.9 2.4 -

Services

280.963 - 281.896 4.0 0.3 -

Special aggregate indexes

All items less medical care

220.221 - 221.629 3.7 0.6 -

All items less shelter

213.224 - 214.594 3.8 0.6 -

Commodities less food

145.250 - 147.199 3.7 1.3 -

Nondurables

216.844 - 218.716 2.4 0.9 -

Nondurables less food

202.574 - 203.452 1.9 0.4 -

Services less rent of shelter

290.270 - 289.880 4.2 -0.1 -

Services less medical care services

267.175 - 267.881 3.8 0.3 -

Energy

202.552 207.592 202.828 6.8 0.1 -2.3

All items less energy

231.759 - 233.346 3.6 0.7 -

All items less food and energy

231.947 - 233.350 3.7 0.6 -

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, February 13, 2020