Department of Labor Logo United States Department of Labor
Dot gov

The .gov means it's official.
Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you're on a federal government site.

Https

The site is secure.
The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.

News Release Information

20-1547-DAL
Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Contacts

Technical information:
Media contact:
  • (972) 850-4800

Consumer Price Index, Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area – July 2020

Area prices rise 1.5 percent in June and July and rise 0.4 percent over the year

Prices in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area, as measured by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), advanced 1.5 percent for the two months ending in July 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (See table 1.) Regional Commissioner Michael Hirniak noted that the bi-monthly increase was primarily driven by a 13.7-percent advance in the energy index, but higher prices within the all items less food and energy index contributed nearly as much. (Data in this report are not seasonally adjusted. Accordingly, bi-monthly changes may reflect seasonal influences.)

Over the last 12 months, the CPI-U increased 0.4 percent. (See chart 1 and table 1.) During the 12-month period ending in July 2020, the index for all items less food and energy increased 1.4 percent, while food prices rose 2.2 percent. Energy prices fell 12.9 percent, largely the result of a decrease in the price of gasoline.

Food

Food prices rose 0.4 percent for the two months ending in July, after increasing 0.5 percent in April and May. The latest movement was the result of a 1.1-percent increase in the food away from home index, as prices for food at home declined 0.3 percent.

During the 12 months ending in July 2020, food prices advanced 2.2 percent, reflecting the combined effects of a 2.3-percent increase in prices for food at home and a 2.2-percent rise in prices for food away from home.

Energy

The energy index jumped 13.7 percent for the two months ending in July, the fastest bi-monthly rate of increase since April 2019. The increase during the latest period was mainly due to higher prices for gasoline (35.0 percent), but rising prices for natural gas service (7.6 percent) also contributed. The index for electricity inched down 0.2 percent for the same period.

Over the year, the energy index fell 12.9 percent. The largest factor in the decline was lower prices for gasoline (-24.9 percent). Counteracting some of this decrease, prices paid for natural gas service and electricity both increased (6.6 percent and 0.7 percent, respectively) during the past year.

All items less food and energy

The index for all items less food and energy advanced 0.9 percent in June and July, after falling 0.5 percent in April and May. The latest bi-monthly period was fueled by higher prices for motor vehicle insurance (29.9 percent) and household furnishings and operations (3.2 percent). These increases were partially offset by lower prices for shelter (-0.3 percent) and for education and communication (-0.8 percent).

Over the year, the index for all items less food and energy increased 1.4 percent. Index components contributing to the increase included shelter (2.8 percent), medical care (5.3 percent), and household furnishings and operations (4.9 percent). Partly offsetting these increases were price declines in new and used motor vehicles (-6.2 percent) and apparel (-5.4 percent).

The September 2020 Consumer Price Index for All Items for Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington is scheduled to be released Tuesday, October 13, 2020.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact on July 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 July 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 for Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington is published bi-monthly. 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 approximately 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 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas, Core Based Statistical Area includes the counties of Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, Tarrant, and Wise.

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,
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX (1982-84=100 unless otherwise noted)
Item and Group Indexes Percent change from -
May
2020
Jun.
2020
Jul.
2020
Jul.
2019
May
2020
Jun.
2020

All items

236.317 - 239.888 0.4 1.5 -

All items (1967 = 100)

741.312 - 752.514      

Food and beverages

263.803 - 264.429 2.3 0.2 -

Food

257.102 - 258.025 2.2 0.4 -

Food at home

217.341 216.958 216.626 2.3 -0.3 -0.2

Cereals and bakery products

260.866 - 257.601 -0.8 -1.3 -

Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs

256.258 - 249.259 5.3 -2.7 -

Dairy and related products

197.639 - 193.101 1.8 -2.3 -

Fruits and vegetables

189.311 - 193.063 -0.2 2.0 -

Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage materials(1)

193.775 - 195.731 5.9 1.0 -

Other food at home

202.830 - 204.821 1.0 1.0 -

Food away from home

316.759 - 320.262 2.2 1.1 -

Alcoholic beverages

353.740 - 350.066 2.5 -1.0 -

Housing

238.598 - 238.954 3.0 0.1 -

Shelter

268.233 266.467 267.427 2.8 -0.3 0.4

Rent of primary residence

286.580 286.647 288.312 4.7 0.6 0.6

Owners' equivalent rent of residences(2)

289.015 288.303 289.356 3.4 0.1 0.4

Owners' equivalent rent of primary residence(2)

289.015 288.303 289.356 3.4 0.1 0.4

Fuels and utilities

249.574 - 251.052 2.6 0.6 -

Household energy

218.326 218.439 220.338 1.4 0.9 0.9

Energy services

214.998 214.981 216.821 1.5 0.8 0.9

Electricity

208.514 208.514 208.132 0.7 -0.2 -0.2

Utility (piped) gas service

186.639 186.531 200.827 6.6 7.6 7.7

Household furnishings and operations

119.660 - 123.482 4.9 3.2 -

Apparel

103.957 - 103.892 -5.4 -0.1 -

Transportation

175.989 - 193.122 -9.6 9.7 -

Private transportation

178.563 - 197.597 -9.1 10.7 -

New and used motor vehicles(3)

100.780 - 102.695 -6.2 1.9 -

New vehicles(1)

186.620 - 187.704 -8.8 0.6 -

Used cars and trucks(1)

323.916 - 331.430 -0.6 2.3 -

Motor fuel

135.570 165.454 182.441 -24.9 34.6 10.3

Gasoline (all types)

134.345 164.371 181.398 -24.9 35.0 10.4

Gasoline, unleaded regular(4)

127.108 156.482 173.007 -25.5 36.1 10.6

Gasoline, unleaded midgrade(4)(5)

151.874 182.771 198.824 -22.9 30.9 8.8

Gasoline, unleaded premium(4)

164.124 190.591 207.627 -20.3 26.5 8.9

Motor vehicle insurance(1)

582.991 - 757.045 -3.3 29.9 -

Medical care

477.670 - 477.748 5.3 0.0 -

Recreation(3)

122.316 - 123.451 2.7 0.9 -

Education and communication(3)

133.284 - 132.180 -0.3 -0.8 -

Tuition, other school fees, and childcare(1)

1,292.397 - 1,258.637 -1.3 -2.6 -

Other goods and services

414.663 - 425.268 1.8 2.6 -

Commodity and service group

Commodities

168.120 - 172.693 -3.2 2.7 -

Commodities less food and beverages

127.820 - 133.391 -6.2 4.4 -

Nondurables less food and beverages

152.821 - 164.151 -8.4 7.4 -

Durables

105.853 - 106.959 -3.6 1.0 -

Services

302.731 - 305.333 2.5 0.9 -

Special aggregate indexes

All items less shelter

221.947 - 227.627 -0.9 2.6 -

All items less medical care

224.733 - 228.439 0.0 1.6 -

Commodities less food

133.199 - 138.614 -5.9 4.1 -

Nondurables

202.350 - 209.230 -3.0 3.4 -

Nondurables less food

161.931 - 172.574 -7.6 6.6 -

Services less rent of shelter(2)

347.668 - 355.571 1.9 2.3 -

Services less medical care services

284.465 - 287.172 1.9 1.0 -

Energy

178.030 192.945 202.353 -12.9 13.7 4.9

All items less energy

245.301 - 247.299 1.5 0.8 -

All items less food and energy

243.196 - 245.349 1.4 0.9 -

Footnotes
(1) Indexes on a February 1978=100 base.
(2) Indexes on a December 1982=100 base.
(3) Indexes on a December 1997=100 base.
(4) Special index based on a substantially smaller sample.
(5) Index on a December 1993=100.

- Data not available.

 

Last Modified Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2020