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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

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Consumer Price Index, Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area – September 2021

Area prices rise 0.6 percent in August and September, up 5.9 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), increased 0.6 percent for the two months ending in September 2021, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Regional Commissioner Michael Hirniak noted that a 6.2-percent increase in the index for energy was the leading factor in the rise, but higher prices for food also contributed. (Data in this report are not seasonally adjusted. Accordingly, bi-monthly changes may reflect seasonal influences.)

Over the last 12 months, the CPI-U advanced 5.9 percent. The index for all items less food and energy rose 4.2 percent over the year. Energy prices jumped 29.6 percent, while food prices increased 5.7 percent. (See chart 1 and table 1.)

Food

Food prices rose 1.3 percent for the two months ending in September. Prices for food at home (groceries) increased 1.3 percent. Food away from home (restaurant, cafeteria, and vending purchases) also advanced 1.3 percent.

Over the year, food prices increased 5.7 percent. Prices for food at home advanced 6.6 percent, mainly due to an increase in prices for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs. Prices for food away from home rose 4.7 percent since a year ago.

Energy

The energy index rose 6.2 percent for the two months ending in September. The increase was mainly due to higher prices for electricity (+14.1 percent). Prices for gasoline advanced 1.0 percent, and prices for utility (piped) gas service advanced 2.9 percent during the same period.

Energy prices surged 29.6 percent over the year, largely due to higher prices for gasoline (+47.5 percent). The indexes for electricity and utility (piped) gas service both jumped, 15.0 percent and 17.4 percent, respectively, during the past year.

All items less food and energy

The index for all items less food and energy edged up 0.1 percent in the latest two-month period. Higher prices for shelter (+0.8 percent), apparel (+6.0 percent), and education and communication (+0.6 percent) were partially offset by lower prices for used cars and trucks (-5.1 percent), household furnishings and operations (-2.5 percent) and medical care (-1.3 percent).

Over the year, the index for all items less food and energy increased 4.2 percent. Components contributing to the increase included shelter (+4.4 percent), new and used motor vehicles (+17.5 percent) and other goods and services (+5.9 percent). Partly offsetting the increases were price decreases in recreation (-1.9 percent) and medical care (-0.3 percent).

The November 2021 Consumer Price Index for the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area is scheduled to be released on Friday, December 10, 2021.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact on September 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 September 2021 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 U.S. population and (2) a CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) which covers approximately 29 percent of the total U.S. 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 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, September 2021 (1982-84=100 unless otherwise noted)
Item and Group Indexes Percent change from -
Jul.
2021
Aug.
2021
Sep.
2021
Sep.
2020
Jul.
2021
Aug.
2021

All items

253.319 - 254.950 5.9 0.6 -

All items (1967 = 100)

794.647 - 799.762      

Food and beverages

273.869 - 277.090 5.7 1.2 -

Food

267.864 - 271.372 5.7 1.3 -

Food at home

224.736 225.815 227.629 6.6 1.3 0.8

Cereals and bakery products

264.637 - 271.802 5.2 2.7 -

Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs

276.029 - 286.399 18.2 3.8 -

Dairy and related products

202.407 - 194.627 -2.8 -3.8 -

Fruits and vegetables

189.293 - 189.326 4.1 0.0 -

Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage materials(1)

193.600 - 197.732 2.7 2.1 -

Other food at home

212.037 - 212.412 3.3 0.2 -

Food away from home

332.712 - 337.147 4.7 1.3 -

Alcoholic beverages

353.515 - 352.513 5.6 -0.3 -

Housing

247.315 - 250.438 4.7 1.3 -

Shelter

277.107 278.263 279.353 4.4 0.8 0.4

Rent of primary residence

297.134 298.136 299.786 3.9 0.9 0.6

Owners' equivalent rent of residences(2)

299.308 299.700 301.747 4.3 0.8 0.7

Owners' equivalent rent of primary residence(2)

299.308 299.700 301.747 4.3 0.8 0.7

Fuels and utilities

257.894 - 279.500 10.7 8.4 -

Household energy

228.414 244.167 256.004 15.2 12.1 4.8

Energy services

224.731 240.367 252.157 15.3 12.2 4.9

Electricity

208.395 224.699 237.819 15.0 14.1 5.8

Utility (piped) gas service

251.117 258.008 258.367 17.4 2.9 0.1

Household furnishings and operations

127.657 - 124.421 0.8 -2.5 -

Apparel

106.021 - 112.431 3.4 6.0 -

Transportation

231.233 - 227.806 18.7 -1.5 -

Private transportation

236.646 - 234.919 19.2 -0.7 -

New and used motor vehicles(3)

126.799 - 123.996 17.5 -2.2 -

New vehicles(1)

213.344 - 213.428 12.7 0.0 -

Used cars and trucks(1)

467.846 - 444.025 24.0 -5.1 -

Motor fuel

264.808 265.935 267.382 47.5 1.0 0.5

Gasoline (all types)

263.223 264.381 265.838 47.5 1.0 0.6

Gasoline, unleaded regular(4)

253.276 254.374 255.800 48.8 1.0 0.6

Gasoline, unleaded midgrade(4)(5)

278.945 280.418 281.951 42.3 1.1 0.5

Gasoline, unleaded premium(4)

280.193 281.520 282.864 37.5 1.0 0.5

Motor vehicle insurance(1)

686.457 - 686.457 2.0 0.0 -

Medical care

481.860 - 475.703 -0.3 -1.3 -

Recreation(3)

124.290 - 124.874 -1.9 0.5 -

Education and communication(3)

135.314 - 136.141 1.7 0.6 -

Tuition, other school fees, and childcare(1)

1,276.539 - 1,293.107 2.3 1.3 -

Other goods and services

463.615 - 466.952 5.9 0.7 -

Commodity and service group

Commodities

188.399 - 189.689 9.2 0.7 -

Commodities less food and beverages

150.198 - 150.795 11.4 0.4 -

Nondurables less food and beverages

181.214 - 185.078 11.5 2.1 -

Durables

123.154 - 121.283 11.4 -1.5 -

Services

316.567 - 318.530 4.1 0.6 -

Special aggregate indexes

All items less shelter

242.906 - 244.249 6.8 0.6 -

All items less medical care

242.212 - 244.173 6.5 0.8 -

Commodities less food

155.246 - 155.814 11.2 0.4 -

Nondurables

223.237 - 226.873 8.4 1.6 -

Nondurables less food

189.011 - 192.652 11.0 1.9 -

Services less rent of shelter(2)

368.836 - 369.995 3.7 0.3 -

Services less medical care services

298.607 - 301.198 4.6 0.9 -

Energy

247.396 255.939 262.656 29.6 6.2 2.6

All items less energy

258.483 - 259.068 4.4 0.2 -

All items less food and energy

256.714 - 256.868 4.2 0.1 -

(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, October 13, 2021