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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

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Consumer Price Index, Riverside Area – November 2019

Area prices were up 0.2 percent over the past two months, up 2.9 percent from a year ago

Prices in the Riverside area, as measured by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), crept up 0.2 percent for the two months ending in November 2019, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (See table A.) Assistant Commissioner for Regional Operations Richard Holden noted that the November increase was influenced by higher prices for energy. (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 2.9 percent. (See chart 1 and table A.) The index for all items less food and energy rose 2.6 percent over the year. Energy prices rose 5.9 percent, largely the result of an increase in the price of gasoline. Food prices increased 2.5 percent. (See table 1.)

Food

Food prices declined 0.5 percent for the two months ending in November. (See table 1.) Prices for food away from home declined 0.9 percent, while prices for food at home were virtually unchanged for the same period.

Over the year, food prices increased 2.5 percent. Prices for food away from home rose 3.7 percent since a year ago, and prices for food at home rose 1.4 percent.

Energy

The energy index rose 7.6 percent for the two months ending in November. The increase was mainly due to higher prices for gasoline (7.8 percent). Prices for electricity jumped 13.8 percent, but prices for natural gas service fell 11.1 percent for the same period.

Energy prices rose 5.9 percent over the year, largely due to higher prices for gasoline (8.4 percent). Prices paid for electricity increased 1.7 percent, but prices for natural gas service declined 2.0 percent during the past year.

All items less food and energy

The index for all items less food and energy decreased 0.6 percent in the latest two-month period. Lower prices for apparel (-15.5 percent) and household furnishings and operations (-2.3 percent) were partially offset by higher prices for shelter (0.4 percent) and medical care (0.3 percent).

Over the year, the index for all items less food and energy rose 2.6 percent. Components contributing to the increase included shelter (5.0 percent) and medical care (4.1 percent). Partly offsetting the increases was a price decrease in apparel (-12.6 percent).

The January 2020 Consumer Price Index for the Riverside area is scheduled to be released on February 13, 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 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 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario metropolitan area covered in this release consists of Riverside and San Bernardino Counties in the State of California.

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

Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario (December 2017=100 unless otherwise noted)
Item and Group

IndexesPercent change from-
Sep.
2019
Oct.
2019
Nov.
2019
Nov.
2018
Sep.
2019
Oct.
2019

Expenditure category

All items

106.412-106.5732.90.2-

Food and beverages

104.565-103.9592.3-0.6-

Food

104.819-104.2922.5-0.5-

Food at home

101.440100.919101.3861.4-0.10.5

Cereals and bakery products

104.417-104.712-0.40.3-

Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs

101.027-100.0743.5-0.9-

Dairy and related products

100.287-105.2555.95.0-

Fruits and vegetables

101.854-100.9670.9-0.9-

Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage materials

106.858-107.6605.60.8-

Other food at home

98.057-96.851-3.2-1.2-

Food away from home

108.242-107.2363.7-0.9-

Food away from home

108.242-107.2363.7-0.9-

Alcoholic beverages

100.275-98.334-2.0-1.9-

Housing

107.048-107.6784.40.6-

Shelter

108.236108.591108.6735.00.40.1

Rent of primary residence

107.864108.353108.7744.80.80.4

Owners' equiv. rent of residences

108.330108.616108.9875.50.60.3

Owners' equiv. rent of primary residence

108.330108.616108.9875.50.60.3

Fuels and utilities

103.093-107.5322.74.3-

Household energy

97.338107.967104.3771.07.2-3.3

Energy services

97.393108.067104.4760.87.3-3.3

Electricity

92.563105.339105.3471.713.80.0

Utility (piped) gas service

114.107117.507101.460-2.0-11.1-13.7

Household furnishings and operations

100.572-98.2160.6-2.3-

Apparel

106.510-89.989-12.6-15.5-

Transportation

108.799-111.5402.32.5-

Private transportation

108.647-111.8552.53.0-

New and used motor vehicles

99.454-100.146-2.70.7-

New vehicles

100.417-101.539-0.71.1-

Used cars and trucks

101.173-100.284-1.0-0.9-

Motor fuel

120.653135.853130.0658.37.8-4.3

Gasoline (all types)

120.785136.124130.2618.47.8-4.3

Gasoline, unleaded regular(1)

121.008136.554130.4938.47.8-4.4

Gasoline, unleaded midgrade(1)

120.741135.307130.1307.57.8-3.8

Gasoline, unleaded premium(1)

119.545133.941128.9848.67.9-3.7

Motor vehicle insurance

110.121-110.7510.20.6-

Medical care

104.586-104.9064.10.3-

Recreation

101.354-101.7490.20.4-

Education and communication

105.604-104.5363.0-1.0-

Tuition, other school fees, and child care

114.277-114.5875.30.3-

Other goods and services

105.500-106.3363.90.8-

Commodity and service group

All items

106.412-106.5732.90.2-

Commodities

105.489-104.8981.0-0.6-

Commodities less food & beverages

106.107-105.5270.1-0.5-

Nondurables less food & beverages

108.946-108.5100.1-0.4-

Durables

102.020-101.2320.1-0.8-

Services

106.981-107.6034.00.6-

Special aggregate indexes

All items less medical care

106.540-106.6892.80.1-

All items less shelter

105.392-105.3971.70.0-

Commodities less food

105.897-105.2670.1-0.6-

Nondurables

106.618-106.0921.2-0.5-

Nondurables less food

108.430-107.9040.0-0.5-

Services less rent of shelter

105.259-106.1272.60.8-

Services less medical care services

107.068-107.6753.90.6-

Energy

112.143125.675120.6905.97.6-4.0

All items less energy

105.898-105.3052.6-0.6-

All items less food and energy

106.099-105.4942.6-0.6-

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: Wednesday, December 11, 2019