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19-1267-SAN
Thursday, July 11, 2019

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Consumer Price Index, Phoenix area – June 2019

Area prices were up 1.0 percent over the past two months, up 2.2 percent from a year ago

Prices in the Phoenix area, as measured by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), advanced 1.0 percent for the two months ending in June 2019, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (See table A.) Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Richard Holden noted that the June increase was influenced by higher prices for electricity and shelter. (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 2.2 percent. (See chart 1 and table A.) Energy prices decreased 2.0 percent, largely the result of a decrease in the price of gasoline. The index for all items less food and energy rose 2.5 percent over the year. (See table 1.)

Food

Food prices rose 0.4 percent for the two months ending in June. (See table 1.) Prices for food at home rose 0.7 percent, while prices for food away from home were unchanged for the same period.

Over the year, food prices increased 3.8 percent. Prices for food at home rose 4.2 percent since a year ago, and prices for food away from home rose 3.2 percent.

Energy

The energy index rose 6.8 percent for the two months ending in June. The increase was mainly due to higher prices for electricity (16.6 percent). Prices for gasoline advanced 1.8 percent, but prices for natural gas service declined 0.5 percent for the same period.

Energy prices decreased 2.0 percent over the year, largely due to lower prices for gasoline (-1.6 percent). Prices for natural gas service decreased 9.8 percent, and prices paid for electricity decreased 1.5 percent during the past year.

All items less food and energy

The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.5 percent in the latest two-month period. Higher prices for household furnishings and operations (1.6 percent), new and used motor vehicles (1.5 percent), and medical care (1.0 percent) were partially offset by lower prices for apparel (-3.4 percent) and recreation (-0.7 percent).

Over the year, the index for all items less food and energy rose 2.5 percent. Components contributing to the increase included household furnishings and operations (5.9 percent) and shelter (4.3 percent). Partly offsetting the increases were price declines in apparel (-7.3 percent) and education and communication (-3.8 percent).

The August 2019 Consumer Price Index for the Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area is scheduled to be released on September 12, 2019.

Consumer Price Index Geographic Revision for 2018

In January 2018, BLS introduced a new geographic area sample for the Consumer Price Index (CPI). This index changed to a bimonthly publication schedule beginning in February, 2018. Additional information on the geographic revision is available at: www.bls.gov/cpi/additional-resources/geographic-revision-2018.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 89 percent of the total population and (2) a CPI for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) which covers 28 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 87 urban areas across the country from about 6,000 housing units and approximately 24,000 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/homch17_a.htm.

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 Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale metropolitan area covered in this release consists of Maricopa and Pinal Counties in the State of Arizona.

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

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale (December 2001=100 unless otherwise noted)
Item and Group

IndexesPercent change from-
Apr.
2019
May
2019
Jun.
2019
Jun.
2018
Apr.
2019
May
2019

Expenditure category

All items

141.642-142.9972.21.0-

Food and beverages

148.163-148.9433.60.5-

Food

149.404-150.0353.80.4-

Food at home

144.428145.990145.4694.20.7-0.4

Cereals and bakery products

185.525-185.9481.80.2-

Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs

184.871-180.3741.9-2.4-

Dairy and related products

104.082-104.731-0.20.6-

Fruits and vegetables

128.918-129.4458.60.4-

Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage materials

107.904-108.3535.80.4-

Other food at home

139.714-145.3585.54.0-

Food away from home

157.411-157.4843.20.0-

Alcoholic beverages

137.361-139.5851.31.6-

Housing

145.612-147.7043.91.4-

Shelter

152.181152.346152.8164.30.40.3

Rent of primary residence

159.117159.570160.6425.31.00.7

Owners' equiv. rent of residences

150.681150.733150.8504.20.10.1

Owners' equiv. rent of primary residence

150.681150.733150.8504.20.10.1

Fuels and utilities

155.795-171.344-0.410.0-

Household energy

154.099176.982176.441-2.414.5-0.3

Energy services

153.816176.867176.379-2.414.7-0.3

Electricity

164.299191.659191.581-1.516.60.0

Utility (piped) gas service

100.718102.704100.261-9.8-0.5-2.4

Household furnishings and operations

98.651-100.2675.91.6-

Apparel

137.982-133.329-7.3-3.4-

Transportation

130.325-132.1600.81.4-

Private transportation

131.916-133.774-0.11.4-

New and used motor vehicles

91.769-93.189-0.41.5-

New vehicles

92.465-94.250-1.41.9-

Used cars and trucks

86.207-86.3263.30.1-

Motor fuel

251.971269.711256.452-1.61.8-4.9

Gasoline (all types)

252.499270.300257.011-1.61.8-4.9

Gasoline, unleaded regular(1)

253.490271.997258.060-1.81.8-5.1

Gasoline, unleaded midgrade(1)

265.061281.189269.750-0.51.8-4.1

Gasoline, unleaded premium(1)

250.931265.511255.191-0.61.7-3.9

Motor vehicle insurance

168.983-168.981-1.10.0-

Medical care

180.649-182.392-1.0-

Recreation

116.740-115.9670.8-0.7-

Education and communication

115.722-116.824-3.81.0-

Tuition, other school fees, and child care

196.757-196.757-5.30.0-

Other goods and services

145.487-146.4622.00.7-

Commodity and service group

All items

141.642-142.9972.21.0-

Commodities

123.580-124.3701.10.6-

Commodities less food & beverages

110.925-111.711-0.40.7-

Nondurables less food & beverages

149.665-150.143-1.10.3-

Durables

78.490-79.4990.61.3-

Services

154.146-155.8772.91.1-

Special aggregate indexes

All items less medical care

139.359-140.6912.11.0-

All items less shelter

136.086-137.8131.11.3-

Commodities less food

111.923-112.768-0.30.8-

Nondurables

149.177-149.8101.20.4-

Nondurables less food

148.601-149.235-0.90.4-

Services less rent of shelter

155.971-159.0971.12.0-

Services less medical care services

151.020-152.7792.81.2-

Energy

199.782219.996213.349-2.06.8-3.0

All items less energy

138.294-138.9642.60.5-

All items less food and energy

136.544-137.2182.50.5-

Footnotes
(1) Special index based on a substantially smaller sample.

- Data not available
NOTE: Index applies to a month as a whole, not to any specific date.

 

Last Modified Date: Thursday, July 11, 2019