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Friday, December 10, 2021

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Consumer Price Index, Riverside Area – November 2021

Area prices were up 1.4 percent over the past two months, up 7.9 percent from a year ago

Prices in the Riverside area, as measured by the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U), increased 1.4 percent for the two months ending in November 2021, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (See table A.) Regional Commissioner Chris Rosenlund noted that the November increase was influenced by higher prices for gasoline 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 increased 7.9 percent. (See chart 1 and table A.) Food prices advanced 5.7 percent. Energy prices jumped 35.7 percent, largely the result of an increase in the price of gasoline. The index for all items less food and energy increased 5.4 percent over the year. (See table 1.)

Chart 1. Over-the-year percent change in CPI-U, Riverside, March 2019-November 2021

Food

Food prices increased 1.5 percent for the two months ending in November. (See table 1.) Prices for food at home rose 2.2 percent. Food sub-categories showed price increases between 0.7 and 2.9 percent except for a 4.0 percent increase for fruits and vegetables and no change for cereals and bakery products. Prices for food away from home increased 0.8 percent for the same period.

Over the year, food prices advanced 5.7 percent. Prices for food at home rose 6.7 percent since a year ago, primarily led by higher prices for meats, poultry, fish, and eggs (14.9 percent). Prices for food away from home advanced 4.5 percent.

Energy

The energy index rose 8.3 percent for the two months ending in November. The increase was mainly due to higher prices for electricity (14.8 percent). Prices for gasoline increased 5.9 percent, but prices for natural gas service decreased 0.4 percent for the same period.

Energy prices escalated 35.7 percent over the year, largely due to higher prices for gasoline (47.9 percent). Prices paid for natural gas service jumped 21.4 percent, and prices for electricity rose a similar 21.2 percent during the past year.

All items less food and energy

The index for all items less food and energy rose 0.6 percent in the latest two-month period. Higher prices for new and used motor vehicles (2.7 percent), recreation (2.0 percent), and shelter (0.5 percent) were partially offset by lower prices for apparel (-6.3 percent) and education and communication (-0.5 percent).

Over the year, the index for all items less food and energy increased 5.4 percent. Components contributing to the increase included new and used motor vehicles (17.4 percent), household furnishings and operations (8.8 percent), and shelter (5.0 percent). Partly offsetting the increases was a price decrease in recreation (-3.4 percent).

Table A. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA, CPI-U 2-month and 12-month percent changes, all items index, not seasonally adjusted
Month 2019 2020 2021
2-month 12-month 2-month 12-month 2-month 12-month

January

0.4 3.0 0.5 3.0 0.9 2.2

March

0.7 2.8 0.0 2.3 1.3 3.6

May

1.2 2.9 -0.2 0.9 2.0 5.9

July

-0.1 2.6 0.7 1.7 1.3 6.5

September

0.6 3.1 0.5 1.7 0.8 6.8

November

0.2 2.9 0.4 1.9 1.4 7.9

The January 2022 Consumer Price Index for the Riverside area is scheduled to be released on February 10, 2022.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Impact on November 2021 Consumer Price Index Data

Data collection by personal visit for the Consumer Price Index (CPI) program has been suspended almost entirely since March 16, 2020. When possible, data normally collected by personal visit were collected either online or by phone. Additionally, data collection in November 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 https://www.bls.gov/covid19/effects-of-covid-19-pandemic-on-consumer-price-index.htm.


Technical Note

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) is a measures 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 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA metropolitan area includes Riverside and San Bernardino Counties in California.

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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

Indexes Percent change from-
Historical
data
Sep.
2021
Oct.
2021
Nov.
2021
Nov.
2020
Sep.
2021
Oct.
2021

Expenditure category

All items

115.557 - 117.206 7.9 1.4 -

Food and beverages

116.213 - 117.759 5.4 1.3 -

Food

116.564 - 118.351 5.7 1.5 -

Food at home

115.655 115.917 118.187 6.7 2.2 2.0

Cereals and bakery products

119.893 - 119.843 7.3 0.0 -

Meats, poultry, fish, and eggs

121.158 - 124.640 14.9 2.9 -

Dairy and related products

105.590 - 107.797 1.5 2.1 -

Fruits and vegetables

116.447 - 121.097 1.1 4.0 -

Nonalcoholic beverages and beverage materials

119.676 - 120.526 7.6 0.7 -

Other food at home

109.625 - 112.102 4.1 2.3 -

Food away from home

117.066 - 117.970 4.5 0.8 -

Alcoholic beverages

110.294 - 107.187 0.6 -2.8 -

Housing

116.848 - 118.562 6.5 1.5 -

Shelter

116.173 116.853 116.773 5.0 0.5 -0.1

Rent of primary residence

116.578 117.455 117.782 5.2 1.0 0.3

Owners' equiv. rent of residences

115.856 116.318 116.692 4.7 0.7 0.3

Owners' equiv. rent of primary residence

115.856 116.318 116.692 4.7 0.7 0.3

Fuels and utilities

128.311 - 138.350 15.3 7.8 -

Household energy

131.382 148.324 146.634 20.9 11.6 -1.1

Energy services

132.178 149.205 147.359 21.2 11.5 -1.2

Electricity

127.491 146.415 146.415 21.2 14.8 0.0

Utility (piped) gas service

150.636 159.575 150.020 21.4 -0.4 -6.0

Household furnishings and operations

108.177 - 109.792 8.8 1.5 -

Apparel

105.003 - 98.373 3.5 -6.3 -

Transportation

122.634 - 127.108 24.7 3.6 -

Private transportation

125.208 - 129.716 26.0 3.6 -

New and used motor vehicles

113.728 - 116.756 17.4 2.7 -

New vehicles

114.090 - 114.137 10.6 0.0 -

Used cars and trucks

136.488 - 143.470 30.2 5.1 -

Motor fuel

141.089 143.804 149.697 48.0 6.1 4.1

Gasoline (all types)

141.459 144.060 149.862 47.9 5.9 4.0

Gasoline, unleaded regular(1)

141.977 144.644 150.543 48.8 6.0 4.1

Gasoline, unleaded midgrade(1)

142.077 144.457 150.145 43.5 5.7 3.9

Gasoline, unleaded premium(1)

138.624 140.983 146.400 44.0 5.6 3.8

Motor vehicle insurance

123.914 - 125.787 8.4 1.5 -

Medical care

111.558 - 112.330 2.6 0.7 -

Recreation

99.851 - 101.853 -3.4 2.0 -

Education and communication

109.805 - 109.221 0.7 -0.5 -

Tuition, other school fees, and child care

120.178 - 120.178 0.8 0.0 -

Other goods and services

115.833 - 116.024 6.4 0.2 -

Commodity and service group

All items

115.557 - 117.206 7.9 1.4 -

Commodities

116.214 - 118.211 12.1 1.7 -

Commodities less food & beverages

116.173 - 118.432 16.4 1.9 -

Nondurables less food & beverages

118.249 - 120.261 21.8 1.7 -

Durables

113.380 - 115.891 10.9 2.2 -

Services

115.277 - 116.723 5.6 1.3 -

Special aggregate indexes

All items less medical care

115.834 - 117.543 8.3 1.5 -

All items less shelter

115.293 - 117.560 9.6 2.0 -

Commodities less food

115.966 - 118.074 15.9 1.8 -

Nondurables

117.167 - 118.932 12.6 1.5 -

Nondurables less food

117.783 - 119.524 20.6 1.5 -

Services less rent of shelter

113.974 - 116.595 6.3 2.3 -

Services less medical care services

115.360 - 116.862 5.9 1.3 -

Energy

137.806 146.378 149.186 35.7 8.3 1.9

All items less energy

113.596 - 114.398 5.4 0.7 -

All items less food and energy

113.149 - 113.789 5.4 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: Friday, December 10, 2021